SUMMERSIDE — Three city women are doing their part to ensure those in need have a warm jacket to protect them from the elements this winter.
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Sandra Gallagher (left), Claudette Warrick and son, Lincoln, and Chyiann Terris display some of the coats already donated to this year’s Coats for Kids campaign. Donations are being accepted until Nov. 16, when the coats, winter boots, hats, mittens and snow pants collected will be distributed from the Summerside Boys and Girls Club to those in need.
Last year, Chyiann Terris, Claudette Warrick and Sandra Gallagher resurrected the Coats for Kids campaign, collecting more than 200 coats and items like winter boots, snow pants, hats and mittens for children and even adults in need.
“We had lots and lots of items donated,” said Gallagher. “We keep putting boxes underneath the table and putting more coats out as more people would come to pick them up.”
The donations were so plentiful that several coats and other items were left over.
With last year’s success and interest already from people needing a warm winter coat, the trio has decided to once again organize the campaign.
“It was rewarding last year, helping out tons of kids and adults,” said Terris, a mother herself. “It was nice to see everyone coming to get coats and boots.”
This year, the Summerside Boys and Girls Club and local car dealership, Hemphill GM, have come on board to accept donations.
Warrick sees the Boys and Girls Club as being a perfect fit with the campaign.
“It is used by the community and there are tonnes of kids going in and out of there all the time,” said the mother of three. “Some of them need these coats.”
Wanted are gently used, even new, coats, snow pants, boots, mittens, gloves, hats and warm, heavy sweaters for children all ages, from infants to teenagers. Also being accepted are adult coats. It is preferred items be cleaned.
The women believe this year the need is great, with increasing housing, food, fuel, and child-care costs, coupled with changes in eligibility for employment insurance.
Donations can be dropped off at Terris’ home at 77 Nepture Cres. in Slemon Park, at Warrick’s home at 34 Kelly Dr. in Miscouche or at Gallagher’s at 371 Brophy Ave., Summerside.
For pickup, call Terris at 315-2826, Warrick at 315-4419 or Gallagher at 432-1323.
This Saturday, at the Halloween Hustle at the Train Station in Kensington, coats are being collected for the campaign.
Already, donations — even new coats — have been flooding in.
“I have bags of items already in my van,” said Warrick.
The items collected will be made available to those in need at the Boys and Girls Club on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.