With the arrival of cooler weather, some families and children in Saskatoon are in desperate need of winter clothing.
On Nov. 14, the Bridge City hosted its annual “Coats for Kids” collection day. Its purpose was to collect winter clothing for children in need throughout the city.
The total amount raised for this year’s event was $28,401. Care and Share Saskatoon’s Coats for Kids campaign collected almost 2,000 coats and winter accessories, or 12 truckloads.
People dropping off unwanted or outgrown winter gear were donating coats, mitts, and toques, among other items.
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.