A High River woman is collecting winter coats for people who lost theirs in the flood this summer.

The donated garments will be sent to schools and daycares and given to anyone who needs one — from newborns to adults of all sizes.

Susan Firkola, who came up with the initiative, said many people in the town are out of money, even for essentials.

“I see my community in ruins, and people really, really desperately need help. And the government is coming through with money, but it’s very, very slow,” she said.

“And it’s also not really enough to cover the cost of repairs. So people are just putting everything they have into their homes and they just do not have anything left for anything extra.”

Firkola has also collected hundreds of Halloween costumes for children in High River and on the Siksika First Nation.

Winter jackets can be dropped off at the Co-op gas bar in High River.