Sylvan Lake Community Partners is looking to ensure that the residents of Sylvan Lake and area remain warm through out the winter.
Coats for Kids is a program that accepts new or gently used winter wear and makes them available to anyone in the community who has use for winter wear.
Community Partners Event Coordinator, Jenn Baliant is happy to provide this service to families in need throughout the region.
“We receive coats, boots, ski pants, scarfs and other winter wear – it’s all for the residents of Sylvan Lake and area,” she said. “Basically you come in and say ‘I need to find a coat’ and you see what you can find and take it home. There are no qualifications.”
Donations can be made to either Crystal Clear Drycleaners of Sea Breeze Dry Cleaners and any donations need to be in working order.
“They need to be in good condition – nothing ripped, torn or stained,” Baliant said. “Just in good condition with the zippers working.”
The clothes are made available to anyone living in the Sylvan Lake area including Sylvan, Eckville, Benalto, Rimbey, Bentley and Gull Lake. The winter wear swap has been a staple of Community Partners for many years.
“This is my first year but it has been going on for quite a few years,” Baliant said. “We had a slow start but we have picked up twice now from both cleaners and it is picking up. With the first day of our swap – there was a lot of wear that went out. I was quite amazed.”
She added that the swap will undoubtedly pick up due to the early winter conditions and that they are hoping that everyone who needs winter wear will be able to find something at Community Partners.