With the colder weather now upon us, the need for winter attire is dire for some families and kids around Saskatoon.
The annual ‘Coats for Kids’ collection day was held in the Bridge City on Nov. 14. Its goal was to collect cold-weather attire for kids in need around the city.
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This year’s event brought in $28,401 in donations. Over 2,000 coats and winter accessories, or 12 truckloads, were collected for Care and Share Saskatoon with their Coats for Kids campaign.
Coats, mitts, toques were just some of the essentials being donated by people dropping off used or outgrown winter gear they had.
Event co-host Mark Loshack says without the gear kids may have a hard time getting to school as the temperature drops.
“You’re looking at roughly 1,000 kids a year getting new coats so they can go to school in comfort,” said Loshack. “Because if they are freezing they are not going to school.”
Loshack adds roughly 20,000 coats have been accepted and given to kids in need thanks to Coats for Kids.
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All items will be distributed to Saskatoon elementary schools from November 22-26.
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