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Dawn Alan, left, executive director of Downtown Charlottetown Inc., accepts a donation of new children’s coats for the Coats for Kids 2013 collection from Guadian reporter Mary MacKay, who is a representative of the Dress Down Staff Fund for TC Media’s Maritime Production Centre and The Guardian. Each week the staff donates a sum of money to this charitable fund, which is used to support causes and organizations in the community.
The annual Coats for Kids campaign has begun with a dropoff depot on the main level of the Confederation Court Mall.
The campaign, which collects coats for families, as well as snowsuits, snow pants, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and boots, is organized by Downtown Charlottetown Inc. Partners are The Guardian, the Confederation Court Mall, Sterns Laundry and the Salvation Army.
Donors are asked to bring in any new or gently used winter apparel, infant through teen sizes.
Donations can be dropped off until 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at the mall depot, across from The Travel Store, formerly CD Plus, Kent Street entrance. The campaign is running a week longer than in 2012, which saw 650 coats distributed.
“Island winters are long and cold, and there are many Island children who just don’t have adequate winter coats," said Dawn Alan, executive director of Downtown Charlottetown Inc. "Just keep our program in mind when you are going though your closets this fall."
Anyone who would like to use this program to receive free winter outdoor clothing is asked to contact the Salvation Army at 892-8870, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
"We welcome all families to come and pick out what you want or what your children like from our display of clean winter coats and snow suits," said Capt. Jamie Locke of the Salvation Army. "There will also be an assortment of hats and mittens to choose from."