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Coats for Kids campaign brings out community spirit

Posted on November 13, 2018 by 40 Mile Commentator
Photo contributed by Philip Buisseret Charity Schweitzer and FCSS co-ordinator Carla Spampinato held one of many coats for pick up last week.

Contributed by Philip Buisseret

Redcliff’s annual Coats for Kids campaign has been gathering momentum since it was first conceived and really shows that community spirit is truly alive and well in Redcliff.
The campaign allows for the town to donate gently used coats for those families in need of warm clothing in the cold months.
The Redcliff Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Director Carla Spampinato is truly passionate about this important service to Redcliff citizens. ”
“It’s really gained in popularity and the community is starting to recognize the program since it first started a few years ago,” said Spampinato.
“Adults, children or even neighbours can come downstairs and pick up winter clothing free of charge. The service is set up to be private. People can come in and pick up or drop off the items on their own. There is no-one to monitor the distribution”.
Any items left over after the campaign are donated to the Salvation Army.
“Typically we get 40 or so coats, along with gloves and toques to give away,” she said.
“We also coordinate the event with the schools here in town but there is a special need for (a) teenager’s coats.
The free program has been extended one more week due to demand and will run until Nov. 16.
Spampinato is one of a team of three that works on FCSS programs and co-ordinate events for the town.
The team is busy all year with Redcliff Days, the Fall Festival and almost weekly events held in the community.
There are lots of things going on in Redcliff so keep your eye on the Red electronic sign coming into town.
Stop by the Town Hall and pick up the “Town of Redcliff Community Guide” for information on upcoming events.
The “Skate with Santa” at the Redcliff Rectangle Arena will happen on Dec. 16th from 6.00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
This is a wonderful time to “join the big guy himself.” Bring your skates and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free hot chocolate and treats.

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