The United Way Peterborough & District’s annual winter outerwear drive for local families in need is returning in October.
Previously known as Coats for Kids (and Adults too!), the Coats for our Community collection takes place in Peterborough on Saturday (October 15) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Vinnies thrift store at 799 Erskine Avenue, and in Lakefield on Sunday (October 16) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Vinnies thrift store at 144 Queen Street.
People are asked to donate clean, gently used (or new) winter outerwear for children and adults. According to the United Way, there is a great need for children’s winter jackets and snowpants as well as an increased need for winter coats for adult women and men, especially in sizes small and XXXL. Remember to clean clothing before donating it, empty the pockets, and check that zippers are working.
All coats donated for Coats for our Community will be distributed free of charge on Saturday, October 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Murray Street Baptist Church (175 Murray St., Peterborough). Access to the distribution will be off the parking lot at the rear of the building.
“We know the need for warm winter coats in our community is great, not just for local youth but for economically vulnerable adults as well,” the United Way states.
In 2021, 1,580 winter coats and snowpants were distributed to local families across the City and County of Peterborough who were unable to afford the cost of purchasing their own.
For more information, or to volunteer for a shift at the collection days, contact Allison Killins at the United Way at 705-742-8839 x40 or email@example.com.