This year, the Ponoka United Church has taken on Coats for the Cold, a program that provides warm winter clothing for those in need, free of charge.
Colds for the Cold is a winter outerwear clothing bank, where people can either donate items or come and take them at no cost, and is intended to help those most in need.
“Of course our focus in our cold winters is to keep people warm, especially children,” said Charlotte Boychuk, office administrator of the Ponoka United Church.
Various organizations in the community have hosted the event in past years, but passed the torch when their doors closed or were otherwise unable to continue with it.
As the Ponoka United Church has the space and ability to take it on, they agreed to host the program this year, says Boychuk.
Items should be very gently used or very clean, in respect for those receiving the items.
The church will assume those coming for items are truly in need and will rely on the honour system.
Ponoka United Church is located at 5020 – 52 Ave.
Drop-off and pick-up times are Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the office.
The church will accept and give out coats, boots, mitts and toques.
They ask that donations have been laundered with a mild-scented detergent and are clean.
Items in rougher shape will be left in a grab bin outside.
Families in urgent need of other items besides outerwear may inquire at the church office.
If you have questions about donating or picking up items, or would like to volunteer to help with this program contact the church at 403-783-4087.
The program will run all winter long.