Another successful Koats for Kids season shows Winnipeggers care for each other.

Each item found its way into the hands of someone in need – not just of a coat, but of some caring and compassion from their neighbours.

Koats for Kids distributed over 5,000 winter coats and over 3,000 pairs of boots this season, in addition to countless ski pants, hats, mittens, and scarves. This would not have been accomplished if it were not for the many Winnipeggers who took the time to donate new or gently-used winter items – including the multiple schools, organizations, and businesses who rallied together to organize a coat drive on our behalf.

The donations we received were truly inspiring, and we are so grateful for everyone who contributed.

Volunteering at Koats for Kids and helping keep little Winnipeggers warm!

Volunteering at Koats for Kids and helping keep little Winnipeggers warm!

Koats for Kids would not be what it is without the help of our incredible and dedicated team of 154 volunteers, who collectively contributed over 2,000 hours to sorting donations, filling requests, and delivering packages of warm winter clothing to families and children throughout our community.

Thank you as well to our volunteer sewers and knitters who used their talents to mend clothing and handcraft beautiful hats, mittens, and scarves. Every volunteer brought with them a sense of hope and positivity, which made the Koats for Kids headquarters such a warm and wonderful place to be.

What's Next volunteer sorting a mountain of donated coats.

What's Next volunteer at Koats for Kids sorting a mountain of donated coats.

It’s comforting to know that, even in the darkest of times, Winnipeg is a city filled with people who take care of each other.

A huge thank you goes out to our community partners who helped keep our program running. Thank you to the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, Access Storage, Perth’s Dry Cleaners, and Toys R Us for accepting and storing donations on our behalf.

Thank you to AMJ Campbell, as well as our Bell MTS and Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service volunteers, for moving thousands of pounds of clothing all over the city.

A special thanks goes out to Birchwood for supplying us with a van and to Domo for the fuel to get it going.

Thank you as well to Motel 6, Super 8, Inn at the Forks, Norwood Hotel, Fairmont, and Airport Hilton for laundering all our donated coats and ski pants.

Finally, thank you to our media partners, including CTV, 103.1 Virgin Radio, 99.9 Bob FM, TSN 1290 and the Winnipeg Sun, for broadcasting our needs to the community at large.

Koats for Kids looks forward to receiving donations again in the Fall of 2021. Until then, on behalf of all of us here at Koats for Kids and United Way Winnipeg, we once again extend a heartfelt thank you.