Sobeys generous with mitts for Koats for Kids!

Sobeys was inspired by Carbone Coal Fired Pizza to put mitts on kids!

It’s a wonderful thing when generosity inspires generosity.

When Sobeys Kildonan manager Scott Innes was looking for a way to give back, he looked on United Way Winnipeg’s website.

There he found the story about Carbone Coal Fired Pizza raising money to purchase hockey mitts for United Way’s Koats for Kids program.

Carbone Coal Fired Pizza managing partner Benjamin Nasberg, Donna Albak, program manager for Koats for Kids, Michael Nugent, and chef and managing partner Joe Paletta with their Koats donation last February.

Carbone Coal Fired Pizza managing partner Benjamin Nasberg, Donna Albak, program manager for Koats for Kids, Michael Nugent, and chef and managing partner Joe Paletta with Carbone’s Koats donation last February.

Scott says the idea of helping provide children with winter gear through Koats for Kids inspired him.

“I have two young kids, and I can’t imagine them going without mitts or having to go to school without a jacket.”

Scott sourced hockey mitts from Richlu Manufacturing – the same company that supplied Carbone – where they gave him a good price to help the cause.

Then last month the store ran a 3-day campaign for staff and customers. For a $5 donation people could write their names on coloured paper mittens cut out by Jennifer Downey, the Engagement Champion at Sobeys Kildonan. The paper mittens were then strung onto yarn to adorn a Christmas tree displaying the generous donors.

The Christmas tree with little paper mitts displayed names of generous donors.

The Christmas tree with little paper mitts displayed names of generous donors.

In total they raised enough to purchase 254 pairs of hockey mitts.

“They’re so generous in this area, anytime we do something” Scott said of his customers.

“I think that’s fabulous.”

Sobeys Engagement Champion Jennifer Downey (from left), Assistant Manager Rex Quilapio, United Way Community Involvement Associate Mariah Baldwin, and Manager Scott Innes with 254 pairs of hockey mitts destined to keep kids hands warm.

Sobeys Engagement Champion Jennifer Downey (from left), Assistant Manager Rex Quilapio, United Way Community Involvement Associate Mariah Baldwin, and Manager Scott Innes with 254 pairs of hockey mitts destined to keep kids hands warm.

Every year Koats for Kids collects, cleans, and distributes over 6,000 coats and 22,000 additional pieces of winter outerwear, and it wouldn’t be possible without donations from the community.

Scott is already hatching plans for a future Koats fundraiser – one with some added excitement.

“Next year we’re going to have a little friendly competition with (Carbone Coal Fired Pizza)…I haven’t talked to them about it yet though.”

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