Coats for Kids

Donations needed for Coats for Kids

Special to the RTT

With winter just around the corner, and the cold weather that comes with it, Amherstburg Community Services has kicked off its annual Coats for Kids donation campaign.  The non-profit organization is seeking donations of winter outerwear that will be distributed to Amherstburg children and families.

“Having a warm, winter coat is a necessity with our unpredictable winters, but it’s a necessity many families can’t afford every year for growing children,” ACS Executive Director, Kathy DiBartolomeo said.  “Amherstburg has so many generous and caring residents.  With your help, we can ensure that every child stays warm this winter, no matter how far the mercury drops.”

Amherstburg Community Services executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo (left) and volunteer Christina Bezaire stand with some of the coats that were available at the ACS office as part of the 2017 Coats for Kids campaign. Donations are now being accepted for 2018.

The organization is now accepting donations of new or gently used coats, gloves, scarves, hats and other winter outerwear of all sizes.  Donations can be dropped off at Amherstburg Community Services at 179 Victoria St S or at Master Cleaners at 400 Sandwich St.

All donations go directly to Amherstburg families who qualify for distribution.  Distribution of the coats will take place out of Amherstburg Community Services from November 12 to November 16.  Anyone interested in receiving coats should contact Amherstburg Community Services at 519-736-5471.  Volunteers are also needed to help distribute the coats.  Those interested should also contact Amherstburg Community Services.  Coats for Kids is provided in partnership with the Unemployed Help Centre of Windsor. For more information, please contact Amherstburg Community Services.

Coats for Kids program strong in Amherstburg



By Ron Giofu


The annual Coats for Kids program has received a solid response in Amherstburg.

The program is administered locally by Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) under the umbrella of the Unemployed Help Centre of Windsor. ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo and community awareness/fundraising co-ordinator Austin Tyrrell agreed that the support from the Amherstburg community was tremendous.

“We had some very generous donors this year,” said DiBartolomeo. “The community was very generous.”

Tyrrell pointed out that there were 100 articles of clothing distributed to just over 50 children in the first three days alone.

“It’s pretty steady,” Tyrrell said. “There’s a lot of people who have never used the service before.”

Amherstburg Community Services executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo (left) and volunteer Christina Bezaire stand with some of the coats that were available at the ACS office.

Tyrrell estimated that it was the first year of participation for at least half of those who stopped by the ACS office.

“We collected a lot,” he said. “We had a lot of support. It says a lot about the spirit of our community that we get the support we do.”

Amherstburg Public School collected a lot of coats for the Coats for Kids project while the Nifty Needleworkers, a group of women who knit and crochet every week at the Gibson Gallery, also made their annual donation.

DiBartolomeo said that is an example that “community supports community.”

Distribution continues Friday (Nov. 10) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and DiBartolomeo said they will still likely distribute coats to those in need early next week.

Amherstburg Community Services is located at 179 Victoria St. S. For more information on the list of programs and services they offer, call 519-736-5471 or visit They are also found on Facebook at or on Twitter at

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.