The Quinte West Professional Firefighters Association Local 1328 (QWPFFA) has launched the 32nd annual Quinte West Coats for Kids program. Coats for Kids collects and distributes new and gently-used kids’ winter outerwear to help ensure that children in the Quinte West community stay warm during the winter months.
Residents can contribute to this important initiative by donating new and gently-used kids’ winter coats, snow pants, hats, and mitts of all sizes, or monetary donations. Outerwear and monetary donations to the Coats for Kids program can be dropped off to Quinte West Fire Station 1, 49 Dixon St., Trenton, 24/7 throughout the year. In 2022, the Coats for Kids program distributed more than 350 coats throughout the Quinte West community.
“Every child deserves to stay warm during the winter season. Local service groups, businesses, unions, and individual donors continue to make this program possible. The QWPFFA is grateful for the generous community support Coats for Kids has received over the years,” says QWPFFA President Jay Coxwell.
Started in 1991 by members who saw a need to help kids stay warm during winter, the Coats for Kids program has been a QWPFFA tradition for over three decades. In addition to receiving community donations, each year QWPFFA members fundraise to purchase and provide quality winter outerwear as the cold weather approaches.
If you know a child in need of a winter coat or outerwear, please contact the Quinte West Fire and Emergency Services at 613-392-6557 to book an appointment for pickup. Coats and outerwear will be distributed to Quinte West residents with children aged 17 and under by appointment only. Proof of identification for the parent/guardian upon pickup is required. Parents and guardians are encouraged to bring their child(ren) to ensure proper sizing.
Distribution information: 85 Marmora St. (beside Quinte West Fire Station 1)
- Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023 – 9.00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.