Coats for Kids campaign returns

Nancy MacPhee
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SUMMERSIDE — Three Summerside moms are doing their part to help kids in need stay warm this winter.

CAPTION: Claudette Warrick and her son, Lincoln (left), Sandra Gallagher and Chyiann Terris show off just a few of the items that have already been donated for the Coats for Kids campaign.



Sandra Gallagher, Claudette Warrick and Chyiann Terris are bringing back the Coats for Kids campaign.

A Summerside service group had organized the undertaking for a number of years, collecting, at the start of each winter, gently used coats for children in need.

“I’ve had several people contact me asking me if I knew who was in charge of Coats for Kids,” said Gallagher. “I did a little bit of inquiring only to find out they were not having it anymore.”

She decided to help bring back Coats for Kids, making calls to arrange space where coats collected could be distributed and then taking to social media, posting on a used items Facebook page to see if there was interest in bringing back the campaign.

Immediately Terris and Warrick got behind the effort.

“I had seen a post from her (Terris) wondering where they could donate gently used winter coats and I sent her an email,” said Gallagher. “We’re joining forces.”

With the changes to employment insurance eligibility, the rising cost of food and home heating oil, Gallagher said she’s hearing from a number of families about the difficulty in making ends meet and outfitting their children for winter.

“In the past I have gone and got a coat for my own daughter from Coats for Kids. At that time, money was tight and it is today, as well,” said Gallagher.

She only posted on Facebook about the effort earlier this week but, already, several coats, pairs of boots, hats and mittens have been dropped off.

Wanted are gently used coats, snow pants, boots, mittens, gloves and hats for children of all ages, from babies to teenagers. Also being accepted are adult’s coats.

Donations can be left with Terris at 56 Gamble Ext., Gallagher at 501 South Dr., apartment four, and with Warrick at 34 Kelly Dr., Miscouche.

Donations can also be dropped off at the YMCA of Summerside at 212 Green St., Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

For more information or to arrange for items to be picked up, call Terris at 315-2826 or 724-2862, Gallagher at 432-1323 or Warrick at 315-4419.

The items collected will be made available to those in need at Credit Union Place on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m.

“We’re asking people to please remember to share because there are other people in need of coats,” said Gallagher. “There is really no formal way of knowing if they need a coat or not. They’ll be there and we hope that everybody will share.”



Organizations: YMCA, Credit Union Place

Geographic location: Miscouche

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Recent comments

  • Dana
    November 09, 2012 - 22:15

    I'm cleaning out my own closet to help support this cause! No one should be cold this winter and I have more than enough for myself! Great job ladies! Pay it forward!!!

  • Chyiann
    November 08, 2012 - 19:25


  • Great Idea
    November 08, 2012 - 08:49

    I think this is a wonderful Idea, not every family in need is on assistance. If Social Services was concerned with "People who need coats" they would have had a "Coats for Kids". Families with 1 or even 2 working parents can have a hard time making ends meet after paying the bills, buying groceries and putting gas in the car. Buying a "NEW" coat, snow pants, boots, hat, and mitts can cost $80 or more depending where you shop, and it only costs more, the more kids you have. Buying for 3 kids is $240!! I have donated this year and thankfully this year i don't need this service. Next year on the other hand..... who knows. Thank you Ladies and everyone who donates. Just because you assume someone isn't in need doesn't mean they aren't, and if this helps 1 kid get a coat because their family can't afford it or because they choose not to buy one for their child then this is a success.

  • jakolin
    November 08, 2012 - 06:56

    RE Concerned, you're the one who concerns me. Is this what we have come down to? Nickels & Dimes?? Stop being so darn high & mighty, your jackets can't be that special if they are sitting there rotting! If you are afraid of who is going to get them sell them on used pei or kijiji, then you can get top dollar for your otherwise give aways!! Or better yet save us all some time and don't do it at all.

  • John W.A. Curtis
    November 08, 2012 - 06:20

    don't mind Concerned carry on with your efforts.

  • problem
    November 07, 2012 - 18:17

    I am wondering if someone could check with the Salvation Army to see if they have a coat drop off ,,,i would drop coats ,boots ,there but that would be it .....

    • Great Idea
      November 08, 2012 - 10:52

      the Salvation Army will Sell the coats, and boots to make a profit off of your donation. "coats for kids" is giving them away for free!

  • morningstar
    November 07, 2012 - 17:44

    I think it is wonderful that these ladies are taking the time to do this to help make sure kids are warm this winter. To "Concerned" yes I agree that there are greedy people out there, but instead of focusing on that why don't you look at the positive that these women are volunteering their time, their own money for gas and such and doing something really good for the community. It is very judgemental to say that just because somebody may or may not make more money then you, you do not know their personal circumstances, perhaps they have very high student loan payments each month, maybe they are going through an illness or maybe they just got laid off. It is important to remember all factors and not to judge others. Sometimes remembering there is good in people is much more satisfying then always dwelling on the negative aspects of human nature. Social Services will not give you the names of the people they will be donating the winter clothes to, so really you will still have know way of knowing who your coat goes to. Great job to the 3 ladies! It is great to see people doing good for others!

  • concerned
    November 07, 2012 - 17:25

    Sorry but i will be contacting Social Services to find out who is in greater need of winter clothes...this way i know that my donation will be going to someone who truly needs it..too many dishonest people could go and pick up a jacket or whatever and say they really need it when they are probably making more money than me!

    • Chyiann terris
      November 08, 2012 - 19:21

      Thanks so much for the positive feedback from most of you. :) To concerned, you can drop off to whoever you like but just so ya know anyone can step on into the salvation army! ANYONE. So chances are someone who doesnt need it will buy it, thats ok too tho casue the profit made goes back in to help with food hampers and what not. This is such a good feeling knowing we are able to get more kids dressed warmer this winter. :) im glad to be a part of this wonderful thing. Chyiann