57 Coats for Kids drop-off spots make giving a breeze

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For over 20 years, the annual Coats for Kids cold weather wear drive has helped families in need all over the lower mainland.

Greater Vancouver Homebuilders’ Association members have been providing drop-off locations for people to donate lightly used and new coats since 1995, in support of the Lower Mainland and Surrey Christmas Bureaus.

For the upcoming 2017 campaign there are 57 participating locations across 13 municipalities.

winter jackets
Winter jackets (Pexels)

Coats for Kids runs from Monday, November 14 through Thursday, December 1.

Last year, an impressive more than 3,600 gently used and new coats, scarves, gloves, blankets, and new toys were donated for distribution to children of all ages.

Vancouver Christmas Bureau Executive Director Chris Bayliss said: “The needs are real, and clothing is often overlooked. People think of toys and food around this time of year, but keeping kids warm is an essential need for every parent too; especially during the colder winter months.”

One way to donate is to round up your household’s gently used gear, though buying new is a welcome option as well. Organizers say coats for teens are in high demand, but point out that while sizing may be in the adult range, teens enjoy youthful styles.

Other items accepted include new or used scarves, hats, gloves, and new unwrapped toys (hockey sticks, soccer and basketballs, and art supplies are always a hit).

kid winter snow
Photo: Pixabay

Here are the 2017 Coats for Kids drop-off locations:

ABBOTSFORD

Westerra Equipment – 31260 South Fraser Way; M-F: 8.00am – 5.00pm

BURNABY

COQUITLAM

  • Creative Home Furnishings –Unit D 1100 Lansdowne Dr; M-F: 10.00a- 5.00p; Sat: 10.00a – 5.00p; Sun: 12.00p – 5.00p
  • Morningstar Homes Ltd. – 946 Brunette Ave, 2nd Floor; M-F: 8.00a – 4.00p
  • Trail Appliances – 2550 Barnet Hwy; M-T: 9.00a – 5.30p, F: 9.00a – 8.00p; Sat: 9.00a – 5.00p; Sun: 11.00a – 5.00p
  • Troico Home Solutions & Manufacturing Inc. – 1308 Ketch Crt; M-F: 8.30a – 4.30p; Sat: 10.00a – 2.00p

DELTA

  • Best Builders Ltd. – #103 5461 12th Ave; M-F: 9.00a – 4.00p
  • Kemp Construction/ Sarah Gallop Designs – #11 1835 56 St; M-F: 8.00a – 5:00p
  • Talisman Homes Ltd. – Tsawwassen Springs Clubhouse, 5133 Springs Blvd; M-F, Sat & Sun: 9.00a – 9.00p
    Taymor Industries Ltd. – 1655 Derwent Way; M-F: 8.00a – 4.30p
  • Trail Appliances –Clearance –  #10-820 Cliveden Place; F: 9:00a – 8:00 p, Sat: 9:00a- 5:00p, Sun: 11:00a – 5:00p, M-Th 9:00a – 5:30p


LANGLEY

NEW WESTMINSTER

Griff Building Supplies – 340 Ewen Ave; 7.00a – 5.00p; Sat: 8.00a – 4.00p

NORTH VANCOUVER 

PORT COQUITLAM 

Port Coquitlam Building Supplies Ltd. – 2650 Mary Hill Rd; M-F: 6.30a- 5.30p, Sat: 8.00a – 4.30p, Sun: 9.00a – 4.00p


PORT MOODY 

Green Sheet Construction Data Ltd. – 100 Sycamore Dr: M-F, Sat & Sun: 9.00a – 5.00p

RICHMOND

SURREY

VANCOUVER

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom