Donations for the Koats for Kids clothing drive fill a room at the Boys and Girls Club of London, October 17, 2018. Photo submitted.

Koats for Kids campaign going strong

With colder weather approaching and just a little over a week left in the campaign, donations for the annual Koats for Kids clothing drive are pouring in.

The Boys and Girls Club of London has been collecting new and gently used winter jackets, boots, hats, mittens, gloves, snow pants, and scarves to be distributed to children in need next Saturday.

“We have been emptying out the donation bins in the front lobby of the Boys and Girls Club every single day. We have three bins set up there. The community has really pulled together and dug deep in their closets to see what they have to donate,” said Christina Yung, executive assistant at the Boys and Girls Club of London. “We are probably over our goal of collecting 1,000 coats. But the more the merrier, because there are always kids that need assistance.”

Yung said she estimates at least 1,800 coats are needed to ensure no one is turned away on distribution day.

“Last year we handed out just over 1,000 coats, but were still about 800 short,” said Yung. “We have been getting calls since August from families wanting to get winter coats.”

The drive is in particular need of coats for boys aged 8 to 12.

Donations for the clothing drive can be dropped off at the club or at participating businesses. A list of drop off points can be found by clicking here.

The winter outerwear will be handed out at 184 Horton St. starting at 9 a.m. on October 27.