Getting Ready To Bring Warmth To Chatham-Kent

Winter Coats. BlackburnNews.com file photo.

It might not be time to start bundling up but that isn’t stopping the Chatham-Kent United Way and Salvation Army from starting Coats for Coffee.

Coordinator Mary Symons says on Positivity Day (September 13) the first 200 people to make a donation at the United Way in Chatham will get a little something in return.

“Between the hours of 10am and 2pm, participants who wish to donate will be able to use our 425 drive-thru and drop off a coat and received a cup of joe,” says Symons.

Coats for Coffee will kick off the annual initiative, Operation Cover-up.

Kate do Forno, on the Prosperity Round Table says starting the initiative on Positivity Day was no coincidence.

“Operation Cover-up provides good, warm coats for families and individuals in need throughout our community,” says do Forno. “Positivity Day just seemed like a perfect opportunity to launch our event.”

Symons says they’re expecting about a dozen people to volunteer during Coats for Coffee.

“We are excited, and look forward to having a fantastic response to this opportunity,” says Symons.

Although Coats for Coffee is only running for a few hours on September 13, people can donate coats until November 30, 2016.

Operation Cover-up isn’t new to Chatham-Kent but Symons says it has been very successful in the past.

“As always, Chatham-Kent is very eager and steps up to the requests and the needs that are out there, and ensures that the need is met,” says Symons.

For those wishing to make a donation, there are drop off locations at various locations in Chatham-Kent. To find out where click here.