Sandra Gallagher doesn’t want to see anyone cold come winter.
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Sandra Gallagher (left), one of the organizers of Summerside’s Coats for Kids campaign, along with Phillip MacLean and Helena Banks, both with Hemphill GM, show off some of the coats that have been dropped off to date at the dealership.
That’s why she, along with Claudette Warrick and Chyiann Terris, have, for the last few years, has worked to collect winter wear for those in need.
And this year is no different, as the trio recently launched the fourth annual Summerside Coats for Kids Campaign.
This year, the Moonlight Foundation, which contributed socks, along with children’s coats and boats, is not part of the campaign, leaving organizers scrambling to ensure that there are more than enough warm coats for those who need them.
“We are just hoping that the general public will look in their closets and find something they are no longer using or that might be too small,” said Gallagher.
Needed are warm, gently used or new coats of all sizes, from infants to adult, for both sexes, along with snow pants, gloves, mitts, hats, boots and even sweaters.
“Anything that is warm for the winter for children and adults,” added Gallagher.
With the recent drop in temperatures and even snowfall, she has been getting a number calls from people without a warm coat to wear.
“We had one teenager that has been going to school with just a sweater on. We have been looking for a coat for him and, hopefully, found one,” said Gallagher. “It is getting cold out there and we don’t want to see anyone go cold if we can help it.”
Donations can be dropped of at Hemphill GM in Summerside, the Boys and Girls Club of Summerside or at Sun & Suds Laundry on Granville Street.
Organizers of the campaign will also pick up donations by calling Gallagher at (902) 432-1323 Terris at (902) 786-2578 or Warrick at (902) 315-4419 or contacting the group via Facebook.
“We would like to collect as many as we possibly can,” added Gallagher. “Last year, we had 110 people through in the first hour.”
Distribution day is Nov. 7, with all the items available for anyone who may need them at the Boys and Girls Club on Notre Dame Street from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Source- Journal Pioneer