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Coats for Kids campaign sees big increase in donations

A campaign in Charlottetown to collect gently-used coats for children, saw a big increase in donations this year.

Over 1,000 coats collected for families in neeed of winter wear

Downtown Charlotteown Inc. has wrapped up its Coats for Kids campaign. (Submitted)

A campaign in Charlottetown to collect gently-used coats for children, saw a big increase in donations this year.

Coats for Kids is organized by Downtown Charlottetown Inc. and runs though the month of October.

"The early tally in is that we've received just over 1,000 coats donated," said Dawn Alan, executive director of the campaign. "Last year, we probably had about 600, 700 coats. So actually it was an exceptional year."

Alan thinks the massive amount of snowfall last year could partially explain the increase in donations.

Over 1,000 winter coats were collected in October for P.E.I. families. (Nichole Huck/CBC )
"Maybe some benefit from last year's winter was that people realized that this is a need," she said. "That, dig out your coats early, you never know when winter is coming and that they will be well used."

Alan said the coats and snowsuits have all been cleaned by Sterns Laundry and are now at the Salvation Army shop on Fitzroy Street in Charlottetown.

Families looking for winter clothing can go there and pick out what they need, at no charge.

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