Coats for Kids collections taking place in Amherstburg

 

 

Special to the RTT

 

As winter approaches, families across Essex County are faced with a real dilemma – how will they afford appropriate winter clothes.

The Coats for Kids program has helped families like this for over 30 in Windsor-Essex, and once again, Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) will collect and distribute warm, winter clothing to Amherstburg residents.

“For many people, buying winter clothing for their entire family simply isn’t an option next to paying their energy bills or putting food on the table,” ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo said.

Last year, ACS provided nearly 200 winter coats to Amherstburg residents.

“It’s incredible to see how much support we’ve had from people donating their winter clothing, and I think that sends a clear message to struggling families: your neighbours care about you,” she said.

ACS will be accepting donations until October 31.  The winter clothing will then be distributed from ACS’ office at 179 Victoria St. S. from Monday, Nov. 6 until Friday, Nov. 10.

Families can register to receive clothing by calling ACS at 519-736-5471.

Donations of winter coats are most needed to meet the demand in Amherstburg, but warm socks, gloves, hats, scarves, and sweaters will also be accepted.  People can drop off their gently used winter-wear either at ACS’ office, or at the Libro Credit Union Centre at 3295 Meloche Road.

The Coats for Kids program in Windsor-Essex County is a collaborative that is headed by the Unemployed Help Centre in Windsor.

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