The Coats for Kids campaign is set to keep children warm, and the hearts of donators in the process, this winter with seven drop-off spots in the Tri-Cities.
Organizers of the Greater Vancouver Homebuilders Association’s 23rd annual campaign, which runs until Nov. 30, hope to break last year’s record of 6,500 coats. They are looking for lightly used and new coats, plus new toys to support the Lower Mainland and Surrey Christmas bureaus.
“People think of toys and food around this time of year, but keeping kids warm is an essential need for every parent too; especially during the colder winter months,” said Chris Bayless of the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau in a press release. “Watching the relief on a parent’s face who finds a size-appropriate coat for their child is a good feeling.”
Coats for teenagers are always in high demand. Although some teens fit adult sizes, the coats need to appeal to their age group, said the release, suggesting hoodies are a popular choice.
The campaign is also looking to collect toys for teens and pre-teens, grooming supplies, hair products and appliances.
There are 56 drop-off locations across the region including these in the Tri-Cities:
• Green Sheet Construction, 100 Sycamore Drive, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Marcroft Homes, 212- 3190 St Johns St., Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Insul-Twin Systems, 1–1973 McLean Ave., Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Port Coquitlam Building Supplies, 2650 Mary Hill Rd, Monday to Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Morningstar Homes, 946 Brunette Avenue, second floor: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Penfolds Roofing, 2230 Hartley Ave, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m. to noon
• Trail Appliances, 2550 Barnet Hwy., Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.