In just over one month, Royal LePage’s Fernie branch has managed to collect roughly 50 winter coats for local kids in need.
Royal LePage East Kootenay Realty began taking in jackets this September for their annual Coats for Kids campaign. “We take new or gently-used, clean jackets and we donate them to the Women’s Resource Centre,” explained Janet Kennedy, Officer Manager. “They go out to needy children in the Elk Valley so all the kids get to stay nice and warm.”
The office accepted coats up until October 12, and delivered them to the Fernie Women’s Resource Centre October 17, where they will be distributed to local children. “[The Women’s Centre] was just one of the causes we felt could best utilise the coats and they have the resources to really know who needs them, as opposed to the Salvation Army where they go up for sale.
This way they go directly to the people in town who need them,” said Kennedy.
This is the fourth year the office has participated in Coats for Kids and they plan on continuing the campaign next year. Kennedy remarked, “This year has been our best year yet, so we look forward to more and more next year.”