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Snowman building, sledding, shoveling & bundling up are part of winter. For those without the proper winter outerwear, so are frost bite, hypothermia, heart attack, respiratory system failure and possibly death. Our goal is to provide children with winter outerwear in "ready to wear" condition and keep winter full of fun and warmth.
My little girl loves the snow. Every winter, after the first snowfall, we bundle up and spend the day outside. When the pandemic took my job, I stretched every penny I had for as long as I could to keep a roof over our heads. The cold weather came and the first snow fell. Melissa's coat was too small so I had to keep her inside. My friend told me about The Salvation Army. You gave Melissa a new coat and she wrapped herself in it. "I don't even feel the cold, Daddy!" We spent the day outside, building the best snowman ever.
Each fall, The Salvation Army works with schools, agencies and community to collect requests for new/used winter outerwear from families & organizes the county's largest winter outerwear distribution. Our goal is to have a coat for everyone who needs one. We do not do this alone. With thousands of requests for sizes from infant to XXXXL, it is community support that creates a selection to serve the need..
Coats for Kids is the most widely recognized annual collection The Salvation Army of Fond du Lac benefits from. Individuals, families, businesses, churches, schools collect and donate to/during this campaign. Together we gather:
Model Cleaners and Georgetown Cleaners have been longstanding partners, each year donating the coat cleaning and minor repairs to ensure gently used coats are ready to wear on distribution day. Our annual distribution dates vary a bit and always occurs before Nov 1.
Watch The Salvation Army of Fond du Lac Facebook for details.