Coats for Kids campaign starts

Warm clothing needed as Old Man Winter begins to tighten his grip

If you have any warm coats that you no longer need, Rotary Clubs from Parksville and Qualicum Beach are willing to take them off your hands.

The annual Coats for Kids campaign is again underway — this year with a bit of a change.

Organizers are this year accepting coats for just about anyone, including children.

Rotarians, in conjunction with the leadership classes of Ballenas and Kwalikum secondary schools, will take gently-used, clean coats, scarves and other winter accessories, and then donate them to people who really need them to stay warm.

People can drop off the coats and accessories until Nov. 13 at: Coastal Community Credit Union branches, Marlin Travel, Save On Foods, Quality Foods, Close to You, Thrifty Foods, RBC, BMO, CIBC, the Parksvile library and all schools in District 69.

Distribution of the coats takes place Nov. 19 between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the SOS building at 245 West Hirst Ave. in Parksville.