Winter weather in the Valley is nothing compared to what the rest of the country experiences this time of year. But we still have our share of chilly days and a good, warm coat is a must—especially for homeless and other needy youngsters. The Salvation Army’s annual Coats for Kids 2015 drive helps keep them warm in the months ahead—and you can help.
On Thursday, Dec. 3, The Salvation Army is teaming up with the United Phoenix Firefighters Association, 100.7 KSLX and RAM Trucks at Desert Ridge Marketplace in Phoenix (in front of Old Navy) for the 19th annual Coats for Kids drive. Members of the community are encouraged to participate by dropping off new or gently used winter coats from 5:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Old Navy at Desert Ridge will sweeten the deal by offering a sale on winter apparel, along with a 10 percent discount on kids’ coats bought for the Coats for Kids Drive.
This year’s goal for the one-day drive is 1,000 coats. The Salvation Army will also distribute hats, gloves and scarves to kids around the Valley.
“Many families simply can’t afford winter coats and accessories,” says Major John Brackenbury, the organization’s Valley of the Sun program coordinator and Phoenix Citadel Corps Officer for The Salvation Army.
What you need to know
- Time/date: 5:30am-7pm Thur Dec 3
- Place: Desert Ridge Marketplace (in front of Old Navy), 21001 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix
- Contact: 602-267-4109 or Nicole.Kanne@usw.salvationarmy.org