Koats for Kids

Ordering winter gear

If you are part of a school, agency or daycare placing a bulk order for winter gear, please place your order here.

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COVID-19 Update

Koats for Kids is committed to following public health guidelines and providing a safe environment for our volunteers, donors, community partners, and staff.

Here are a few things we’re doing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Reducing volunteer group sizes to accommodate physical distancing requirements
  • Asking all volunteers to wear a non-medical face mask during their volunteer shift. Gloves will also be available.
  • Implementing a self-screening process for staff and volunteers, including asking anyone that is feeling ill to stay home.
  • Asking all volunteers to sanitize or wash their hands upon entry into the building and throughout their shift.
  • Frequently sanitizing all workstations and commonly touched surfaces.

Thanks to our generous program partners – Motel 6, Inn at the Forks and Norwood Hotel – all coats and ski pants will continue to be professionally cleaned before being distributed to the community. Hats, mitts and scarves are also cleaned in the Koats for Kids Volunteer Centre upon arrival.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call 204-586-5628 (KOAT) or email us.

Winter gear for little Winnipeggers

Every year, from September to January, Winnipeggers donate over 6,000 coats, and Koats for Kids shares this winter gear with Winnipeg families.

2020 has been such a challenging year for our community. There have been job losses by the thousands, and more Winnipeggers are finding themselves on the edge of poverty for the first time. We’ve also been hearing that many schools are taking their physical education classes outdoors, so it will be crucial for kids to have proper winter gear in order to fully participate in school.

We need your help now more than ever.

 

Have winter outerwear to share?

Donate your new and gently used kid’s winter gear now. Winnipeg kids need your help!

Coats (with working zipper) • Boots • Ski pants • Mitts • Scarves • Toques

Have adult winter gear to donate? No problem! While our focus is on distributing winter outerwear to children, we also distribute winter coats and accessories to adults, whenever possible.

Please make sure coats are clean, in good condition, and the zippers work.

Where can you donate?

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Stations

A list of WFPS stations accepting donations this year will be added soon.

Winnipeg Police Service

On Friday, October 2, 2020, from 9:00 am-3:00 pm only, Winnipeg Police Service
will be accepting donations at the following locations:

• Downtown – 245 Smith Street
• West – 2321 Grant Avenue
• North – 260 Hartford Avenue
• East – 1750 Dugald Road

Access Storage
345 Higgins Ave
198 Archibald St
275 Gordon Ave
515 Munroe Ave
11 Paramount Rd
545 Hervo St
21 Lowson Crescent
3101 Pembina Hwy

AMJ Campbell
12-1333 Niakwa Road East

Need a coat?

Parents, please connect with your child’s school, daycare, or a United Way Winnipeg agency partner who will place the order on your behalf.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I order coats myself?

Koats for Kids only accepts orders from Winnipeg schools, daycares or nonprofit and social service organizations.

Can I come to Koats for Kids to select winter gear for my family?

Sorry, Koats for Kids is not open to the public.

Does Koats for Kids distribute winter outerwear to communities outside of Winnipeg?

Koats for Kids is a program of United Way Winnipeg. We are a local United Way, supporting the Winnipeg community. Unfortunately, we do not have the inventory or resources to distribute winter gear outside of Winnipeg.

For a list of organizations with second-hand clothing available in your community, please go to 211 Manitoba, click on the Food & Clothing tile, enter your location, check the Second-hand Clothing box and press Search.

Once an order is placed, how long will it take to receive winter gear?

Koats for Kids relies on donations from the community, and orders are fulfilled by volunteers—so we are unable to provide a standard timeframe for fulfilling orders. If you have questions about an order that you have placed, please contact Koats for Kids.

Other than Koats for Kids, where can I get winter coats for my family?

For a list of organizations that have second-hand clothing, please go to 211 Manitoba, click on the Food & Clothing tile, enter your location, check the Second-hand Clothing box and click on Search.

Want to collect coats for kids?

Host your own collection drive!

Running a collection drive to gather up gently used winter gear is a great way to celebrate a birthday, engage your customers, or show your students’ community spirit.

Register your coat drive and we’ll send you an email with tips on organizing a successful drive and a poster to help promote it!

Want to volunteer?

The health and safety of our volunteers and community partners is our top priority. As such, we’re asking everyone to self-screen for COVID-19 prior to coming to Koats for Kids, and to stay home when feeling ill. We’re also reducing volunteer group sizes and asking volunteers to wear non-medical face masks throughout their shift. Hand sanitizer, masks and gloves will be available, along with increased sanitization of workstations and frequently touched surfaces. Please follow public health advice related to self-isolation if you’ve recently travelled or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 before volunteering.
Thank you – we hope to see you soon!

We run on volunteer power!

Imagine 7000+ kg of coats, hats, mitts, scarves, ski pants & boots. That’s a lot of sorting, organizing & packaging!

You can join us for a few hours so we can get our packages to kids quickly. Bring your family, a small group of friends or co-workers—or come on your own—and share in Winnipeg’s legendary community spirit. Volunteers must be a minimum of 16 years of age.

Just call 204-586-5628 or email us to set up a volunteer shift at the Koats for Kids Volunteer Centre at 231 King Street.

To schedule a volunteer shift for your group, please email United Way Winnipeg.

School, daycare or agency looking to place an order?

Order Winter Gear

Parents, please don’t order coats yourself. You can connect with your child’s school, daycare, or a United Way Winnipeg agency partner who will place the order on your behalf.

Koats for Kids Partners

We couldn’t do it without our partners! These community-minded supporters help clean, transfer, store, and raise awareness. Thank you.

Thanks to our Koats for Kids partners!

Questions?

Call 204-586-5628 or email us.

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