Dig out your kids’ outgrown coats: The Forest Lake Cub Foods store, 2013 W. Broadway Ave., is collecting new and gently used outerwear as part of the Salvation Army’s Coats for Kids program.
The collection bin will be set up this weekend and will be in place until the drive ends on Sunday, Oct. 14.
Coat distribution to those in need will be Oct. 25 at 10 Twin Cities metro area Salvation Army locations.
The Twin Cities Salvation Army is the area’s largest provider of coats to the public, and most of its distribution sites run out of coats early on.
“Please give generously,” said Major Jeff Strickler, Twin Cities Salvation Army Commander. “The more coats we receive, the less likely it will be that we are forced to turn people away.”
People who want to help but do not have a coat to give are invited to donate online at thesalarmy.org or by texting COATS to 80888 for a $10 donation, payable on your monthly phone bill. The Salvation Army will use the funds to purchase new coats at the wholesale price of $15.
Hundreds of volunteers are needed now through Oct. 25 to sort coats, set up coat boutiques and help families pick out coats. For more information or to sign up, visit givecoats.org or call 651-746-3426.