Kingston, ON (October 14, 2021) – As temperatures drop and winter approaches, coats and warm clothing become a necessity. Many community members rely on donated items to help them keep warm and this year, United Way KFL&A is hoping the community can help once again.
Last year, with pandemic restrictions, United Way KFL&A coordinated the annual community coat drive and workplaces and individuals stepped up, donating over 1,000 coats in just two weeks. This year, the United Way is continuing with the coat drive and expanding to include more winter clothing.
“Agencies are seeing an increase in need. This is an increase in people using services, as well as needing basic items like coats, boots, socks and warmer clothing,” explained Bhavana Varma, President and CEO, United Way KFL&A. “Over the past year, United Way KFL&A has had great success with community donation drives like the Backpack Program and Tampon Tuesday. Our network and volunteers are amazing at helping with donation drives to get these items to agencies and individuals.”
Workplaces and community members are asked to donate clean, new or gently used coats and boots (coats must be washable only; no leather or heavy wool) and new accessories including new hats, mitts, scarves and socks.
To make drop offs easy, United Way KFL&A has partnered with Kingston Frontenac Public Library branches as well as Lennox & Addington Library branches. United Way KFL&A will be accepting donations at the office as well.
“Thank you to the libraries for this generous support and volunteering their space. After the drive, volunteers will sort and then items will be distributed to agencies throughout KFL&A,” added Varma. “None of this would be possible without the support of our amazing volunteers and partners and we hope that our always caring and compassionate community will step up once again in donating items.”
Items can be dropped off to collection bins from October 25 – November 5 at the following locations:
- United Way KFL&A Office, 417 Bagot Street (back entrance), Mon-Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm
- Calvin Park Branch Library, 88 Wright Crescent, Mon-Thu 10: 00am to 6:00pm; Fri-Sat 9:00am to 5:00pm
- Central Branch Library, 130 Johnson Street, Mon-Thu 10: 00am to 6:00pm; Fri-Sat 9:00am to 5:00pm
- Isabel Turner Library, 935 Gardiners Road, Mon-Thu 10:00am to 6:00pm; Fri-Sat 9:00am to 5:00pm
- Sydenham Branch Library, 4412 Wheatley Street, Mon 10:00am to 6:00pm; Tue& Thu 1:00pm to 8:00pm; Fri 10:00am to 5:00pm; Sat 10:00am to 2:00pm
- Sharbot Lake Branch Library, 1037 Robert Street, Tue & Thu, 1:00pm to 5:00pm; 6:00pm to 8:00pm; Fri 2:00pm to 5:00pm; Sat 10:00am to 2:00pm
Lennox & Addington
- Napanee Branch Library, 25 River Road, Mon – Thu 10:00am to 8:00pm; Fri – Sat 10:00am to 5:00pm
- Amherstview Branch Library, 322 Amherst Drive, Mon – Thu, 10:00am to 8:00pm; Fri – Sat 10:00am to 5:00pm
For more information about this year’s Winter Clothing Drive visit https://www.unitedwaykfla.ca/winterclothingdrive
About United Way KFLA
United Way Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington works closely with the community to ensure that people have the opportunity to reach their full potential and live with hope, dignity and a sense of belonging. This vision is realized by building on deep-rooted local community knowledge and relationships to empower people to make an impact.
Led by volunteers, driven by a small professional staff team, the United Way KFL&A provides inspiring opportunities for people to get involved and support issues they care about through volunteering, giving and being advocates for people who are in vulnerable situations.