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Many families struggle with sharply rising living expenses and simply don't have the means to purchase the winter clothing needed to stay warm during Alberta’s harsh winters. Coats for Kids & Families is a United Way of the Alberta Capital Region run program that ensures families and individuals with limited resources have access to the proper winter wear needed for our cold Edmonton winters.
A donations to Coats for Kids & Families is one of the easiest ways to take action against local poverty. Will you give the gift of warmth this Giving Tuesday?
How it Works
Page the Cleaner has partnered with United Way to provide a professional dry-cleaning to all gently worn donated items. Once cleaned, the coats are brought to United Way’s InKind Exchange where groups of volunteers sort and package the coats to be delivered to social agencies who distribute the items to the people who need them.
From October to January, United Way puts the call out to the community to donate their gently used, outgrown or new winter outerwear and drop it off at any Page The Cleaner location.
Coats and outerwear are dry cleaned by Page the Cleaners and taken to United Ways’s In Kind Exchange centre where we have volunteers sort donations into groupings of men’s, women’s and children’s.
Coats are picked up by various not-for-profit agencies, and taken to their Donation Depots. Public donation depots are listed on 211, and individuals in need can pick up from the depots.
Through the help of our community partners United Way was able to distribute 8,300 coats in 2017 to those in need in our community. Already this year we have received requests for over 6,000 coats and the snow and cold weather are not even in full force yet, so the need will be even greater. Each year we do not receive enough donated coats for men and children. In order to meet the demand, we ask for donations so that we can purchase these items.
We are only able meet the need for winter wear in our community because of generous people like you.