2014 Coats For Kids and Families program spreads warmth

United Way and KPMG LLP’s Coats for Kids and Families program wrapped up mid-December and deliveries were made to six local organizations for distribution to those in need.

“In all, we delivered more than 200 coats and more than 100 scarves, hats and pairs of mitts,” said Connolly Tate-Mitchell, United Way’s coordinator for the project. “We did some early deliveries to make space at our office and we heard that many of those items found new homes very quickly.”

“We’re really glad to have partnered with KPMG LLP on this project,” she went on to say. “We feel like the community really stepped up to help. We’re very thankful to the YMCA of Lethbridge for helping us freshen up some of the more well-loved items and of course, we’re grateful to everyone who donated coats. We’re looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish next year.”

“Going out to help deliver coats was a great experience,” said KPMG LLP’s Simon Janhunen. “We had a short tour at each place and it was a really good opportunity to talk to people and see first-hand what the needs of the community actually are, not just in winter, but year-round.”

Tate-Mitchell says that these donations help make sure children and families can continue to stay active and participate in community events through the winter.

“A light jacket is fine for the 20 metres from the car to the school, but is the teacher going to let that child go out for recess when it’s minus 20 and they don’t have something warm on? Probably not.”

Items donated at United Way or KPMG LLP were distributed to the YWCA of Lethbridge & District, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lethbridge, Streets Alive Mission, the Southern Alberta Self-Help Association (SASHA House), the Boys and Girls Club of Lethbridge and the new Youth One drop-in centre.

For more information about the Coats for Kids and Families program, please contact United Way at 403-327-1700 or visit www.lethbridgeunitedway.ca.

Pictured left to right are: Kelly Mettler (Partnerships manager at YWCA of Lethbridge), Connolly Tate (project manager for United Way), Simon Janhunen and Ben Osmond of KPMG LLP).