Salvation Army collects coats

The Salvation Army of Calumet County Coats for Kids program is collecting winter coats and hats and gloves Sept. 28 to Oct. 30 to give to kids in need.

As winter approaches many Calumet County families cannot afford to provide warm coats for their children and each year area businesses, organizations, and individuals come together to help.

“A gift of a coat does so much more than provide warmth,” said John Kost, director of Salvation Army Calumet County. “A coat will help a child attend school regularly, increase their confidence, socialize with their friends, and play outside with pride. For a family struggling to provide basic needs such as housing, food, health care, and utilities, a coat reminds them that their community cares for their well-being.”

New as well as clean and gently used child/teen/adult winter coats, hats, and gloves donations are welcome; please no dry-cleaning items. To help protect the health of everyone participating, donors are encouraged to bag their donations at home before donating them at a collection bin. To find a public collection bin, please visit CoatsForKidsWI.com or call The Salvation Army of Calumet County at 920-849-7856.

Coat distribution is scheduled for Nov. 13 and will be appointment based. Families in need of a winter coat(s) for their child(ren) can contact The Salvation Army of Calumet County for information and registration. Income eligibility and a resident of Calumet County guidelines apply.

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