SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The temperatures are getting cooler and as the seasons change from fall to winter, kids will need winter coats before heading outside.
However, for many children across the area, there is a need for a warm coat.
Now in it’s 33rd year, the Salvation Army’s “Coats for Kids” campaign works to help bridge that gap, and bring coats to kids in need.
9 year old Micaelia Hall remembers picking out her coat two years ago through the program.
“It was a red one!” she says.
The coat has kept her warm in the winter months since, and for that her family is greatly appreciative.
“It was definitely needed. And to know that someone was there looking out for our family and other families is great. This needs to happen more often and especially in our community because times are so hard,” says mother, Catalina Davis.
And this coat represents only one of tens of thousands of others that have been collected through the ‘Coats for Kids’ campaign that began in 1980.
“We’ve had generally 1500-2000 coats distributed every year to people who generously donate them,” says Captain John Ferreira of the Salvation Army.
The United States Census Bureau states that here in Massachusetts, almost 11 percent of residents live below poverty level—many of which are children.
“In any urban areas in the United States there are going to be people who are economically challenged. One of the things that may be set aside in the cold months may be suitable coats for kids,” adds Ferreira.
From now until October 18, you can bring new or gently used winter coats to several drop-off locations across the area.
Belmont Laundry will then clean all the donated coats, and the Salvation Army will hold a distribution event sometime in November.
You can CLICK HERE for a complete list of drop-off locations.