Choosing to fulfill a need she saw, Amber Guthro, a member of the First United Baptist Church sprung to action.
As the season of giving drew closer, she realized there are some adults in the community who may not have access to proper clothing for the season.
Following a structure similar to the annual Coats for Kids program, Guthro began collecting coats for adults to eventually give away.
“I put the word out and the response was tremendous,” said Guthro. With hundreds of coats for men and women of all sizes, Guthro collected them all at the church and held an open house for those in need to try on coats to take one home.
“It would be really good if we could start something,” Guthro said.
Over the course of the day on Saturday, Guthro said there were about 100 or so people who made their way in to the church to select a coat.
“People were coming to my door saying, ‘this is a wonderful thing you’re doing.’ And I’m thinking, no, you’re the one standing here at my door with donations,” she said.
Guthro is planning to continue the program, she decided to name Come Out Of The Cold, for a second year next holiday season after seeing the success and hearing the thanks from those who have gone a few years without a warm winter coat in the cold Nova Scotia winters.
Amber Guthro shows of some of the coats that were available Saturday at her first Out Of The Cold event at First Baptist Church in New Glasgow that sees secondhand winter coats go to adults who need them. (Brimicombe photo)