Coats of caring

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Winter has hit Pictou County early this year and has everyone scrambling for winter jackets to keep warm.

But not everyone has a coat to cover up with during the winter season. The Coats for Kids program has been providing children and adults with warm winter jackets for years and has just partnered with Viola’s Place to continue the giving for even longer.

After the regular Coats for Kids program pick up this year, coats will also be available at Viola’s Place for those who might find themselves in need. With the extra space above the shelter in the society’s building on March Street in New Glasgow, they have plenty of space to store coats for those who need them as well as accept donations from those who want to drop off coats for others.

“As a board, we decided that we can take this on, we can manage it,” said Tammy MacLaren, Viola’s Place Society board member.

Since agreeing to this partnership with Coats for Kids, volunteers for Viola’s Place have been trying to spread the word on the service as best as they can by letting local schools, social services churches and other local community services know that the coats are available for anyone who might need something to keep them warm.

“We have winter jackets and a large volume of winter jackets,” she said. “Whatever we have we will give to those in need.”

For anyone hoping to get a coat or donate a coat, contact the shelter at 902-752-0550 by phone, violasplacesociety@gmail.com by email or use their Facebook page.


Tammy MacLaren, a board member of Viola’s Place, shows off some of the coats they have collected for families to come and take when needed. (Brimicombe photo)