Keeping communities warm a priority

United Way and KPMG LLP collecting coats for kids and families in South Western Alberta

As the cold season draws near, the United Way is asking Lethbridge residents to remember the community members who don’t have suitable winter wear.

In partnership with KPMG LLP, United Way will be collecting clean, gently used winter coats, hats, mittens and other cold weather gear.

“Most of us have the luxury of being able to choose from any number of coats in our closet,” said United Way executive director Jeff McLarty, “But some people don’t have that option.  Some don’t even have one warm coat and that’s a problem. Luckily, it’s a problem we can help solve.”

This year’s Coats for Kids and Families campaign is beginning now and will run until Friday, December 12.  Between 9:30am-4:30pm, drop off winter gloves, hats and coats of all sizes to the United Way office or the KPMG LLP office.

“Keeping the community safe and warm is important,” said Kate Schiller, audit manager at KPMG LLP. “To know that there are people in Lethbridge – kids, even – who struggle through the winter is really disheartening. We’re proud to be a part of helping to change that.”

When donating used coats, United Way reminds donors to carefully consider the condition of the item.

“Coats with broken zippers or holes or coats that are dirty aren’t going to be of much use to anyone,” says McLarty. “Our goal is to make sure all community members are taken care of and know that they have value; something as simple as a warm coat that’s in good shape can really convey that feeling.”

United Way is located at 1277, 3 Avenue South. KPMG LLP is located at Suite 500, 400 - 4 Avenue South (Lethbridge Centre Tower).