It’s getting cold out there, and Coats for Kids believes everyone should have what they need to keep warm and dry this winter.
For 20 years the Coats for Kids initiative, created by the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association, has been supporting the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau and the Surrey Christmas Bureau to outfit thousands of children with new and gently used winter clothing.
From November 13 to December 2, people across the Lower Mainland are encouraged to drop off new and gently used winter clothing such as coats, scarves, gloves, and blankets to one of the 66 locations in Metro Vancouver.
To date the event has collect tens of thousands of garments, with over 4,000 items collected last year alone. According to a press release from the GVHBA, items for kids aged 12 to 17 are needed most this year, and they have high hopes to meet and exceed last year’s turn out.
“I am delighted to see this annual initiative going strong after 20 years, with the support of the many devoted members of our association,” said GVHBA Chair Dan Glavind, Sales Manager, Dick’s Lumber in a press release “As Coats for Kids grows, we can expand the reach of our impact and help even more families in the communities where we work and live.”
Businesses interested in participating as drop-off locations are encouraged to contact the GVHBA online. There are currently over 60 designated drop-off locations for this year’s drive. Find the one nearest you at the GVHBA website.