Warmth available for long cold winter

Donations sought for winter clothing and boots for area's less fortunate

Coats for All is asking for donations to help wrap needy people in warmth with winter coats, toques, mitts, snowsuits and even boots.

“Everything can be donated at 100 Mile Laundromat [at 4-460 Birch Ave., across from the Library] from Oct. 31 to Nov. 30,” says co-ordinator Wendy Hamblin.

“It would be better if people donated as early as possible [because] once the cold weather sets in some people may sacrifice food to outfit their children or themselves.”

100 Mile Laundromat is donating all supplies, electricity, and labour for the cleaning, Hamblin says, adding it would be helpful if people pre-washed the items and label them washed or needs washing.

Limited income families usually cannot afford to have items dry cleaned, she says, but if that’s all people have to donate, Coats for All would welcome them.

People needing the winter wear can pick them up Nov. 8-30 at the Ministry of Children and Families, the health unit (located behind the 100 Mile District General Hospital), the food bank, Loaves and Fishes Outreach, Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association, South Cariboo Branch, Canim Lake Band, Canoe Creek Band, and Watch Lake Community Centre.

On Sundays, people are welcome to St. Timothy’s Anglican Church, 1068 Blackstock Rd. between 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., to pick up needed apparel.

“We don’t routinely send the outerwear to the schools or different community associations, but if they [schools or associations] contact us, we would get the items to them.

“Some of the in-town locations have different hours of operation, it may be easier for people in outlying areas to get their winter wear closer to home.”

For more information, call Hamblin at 250-791-0024.