Coats for Kids & Families - United Way Alberta Capital Region

Coats for Kids & Families

Coats for Kids & Families aims to ensure families and individuals with limited resources have access to the proper winter outerwear needed for our cold Edmonton and area winters.

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Suzi Medhurst


Keeping communities in the Alberta Capital Region warm

United Way of the Alberta Capital Region started the Coats for Kids & Families initiative in 1992 in response to an overwhelming need for winter wear by people in our community. Many local individuals and families simply don’t have the means to purchase the clothing needed to stay warm during Alberta’s harsh winters.

The annual Coats for Kids & Families collection campaign runs from October through February. Once collected, the items are brought to United Way’s InKind Exchange where groups of volunteers sort and package the coats to be delivered to social agencies that distribute the items to the people who need them.

In 2021, 38 community partners received and distributed 4,860 winter outwear items to those in need in our community. This year an even greater need is anticipated as individuals and families continue to face the ripple effects of the pandemic and inflation.

Donate Winter Items

Help us reach our goal of collecting 9,000 coats for individuals and families in the Edmonton region.

Accepted items include:

  • Men’s winter coats
  • Women’s winter coats
  • Children’s winter coats
  • Toques/ mitts and scarves – adult and children’s sizes
  • Snow pants – adult and children’s sizes
  • Winter Boots
  • Insulated work wear – men’s and women’s
  • Insulated work boots

Items NOT accepted: Non-winter clothing and outerwear.

Drop Off Location

Coats may be dropped off at United Way’s InKind Exchange by appointment only, call 780-990-1000.

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What we achieved in 2021

Coats Distributed

4,860 coats were distributed through community partners to those in need

Agencies Supported

38 service providers received and distributed coats throughout the region

Program Value

$72,900 fair market value for the coats.

Our Partners

Volunteers from Capital Power sort coats for the Coats for Kids and Families program in October 2019.


Share your time by sorting coats and outerwear at United Way’s InKind Exchange between October and January each year. Please contact us at [email protected] or 780-990-1000 to volunteer. Volunteer sessions must be booked in advance.

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A woman and child stand next to a pile of coats at the United Way In Kind Exchange. They volunteered by hosting a coat drive to support Coats for Kids and Families,

Host a Collection Drive

Get involved! Rally your co-workers, community organization, church group, or friends to host a collection drive to collect as many new or gently used coats and outerwear items as possible. The Coats for Kids & Families collection campaign runs from October through February.

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