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Koats for Kids registration is now open, phone or DM your local Norwest Resource Centre to register! Or contact  your child’s school, daycare, or agency.

Koats for Kids is not equipped to accept orders directly from individuals, parents, or caregivers. Instead, please ask your child’s school, daycare, or a social service agency like Nor West Co-Op in Winnipeg to request winter outerwear on your behalf.

Free gently used winter wear. Orders will be delivered to your local Nor West Resource Center. Orders can take up to a few weeks. First come first serve, some orders may not be able to get filled. For registration, please speak/come to your local NorWest Resource Centre to fill in the order form by Nov 2,2023.

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Koats for Kids is an annual campaign that aims to provide winter gear for children in need in Winnipeg. The program is run by United Way Winnipeg and has been active for several years. Every year from September to January, Winnipeggers donate over 6,000 coats, and Koats for Kids shares this winter gear with Winnipeg families. The program works directly with schools, daycares, and social service agencies to get the items into the hands of those who need them.

The Norwest Co-op is one of the many drop-off locations for donations. Other locations include Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service stations, Access Storage, AMJ Campbell, and Toys R Us. The campaign is also looking for gently-used kid’s winter gear, including coats, boots, ski pants, toques, mittens, and scarves.

The program has been a success in the past years. In 2023-2024 version of Koats for Kids launched Wednesday, September 20,  and the United Way is looking for donations to keep people warm in the winter months. The program first started in 1989, and they distribute around 6,000 winter coats every year, along with thousands of other winter clothing items.

If you need winter gear, you are asked to get in touch with your child’s school, daycare, or agency to place an order on your behalf. Anyone who wants to donate can do so at several locations.

Koats for Kids is a great initiative that helps keep kids warm during the cold months. It’s a great opportunity to give back to the community and help those in need.

For more info visit their website.

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