Community Organizations Giving Away Winter Coats

On Saturday, October 21, the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry was outside the Calais Walmart collecting coats. All the coats collected will go to the food pantry where they will be handed out on Saturday, October 28th. Pictured are Food Pantry volunteers and WalMart employees on Saturday during the coat collection. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

By Lura Jackson


Living in one of the colder regions of the country, it can be extremely challenging to be inadequately dressed for the winter months. Unfortunately, with limited financial resources, many community members go without sufficient outer gear to help them through the chilly weather. To meet this need, community organizations have been rallying to collect and distribute donations to be given away at no cost whatsoever to those in need.

On Saturday, October 21st, Sunrise Christian Church in Princeton held a coat giveaway from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Per organizer Donna Netzer, approximately 75 community members came in to pick up a coat, some of whom were children. Netzer expressed that even though it was the largest pile of donations that the church has ever had for this purpose, it was the smallest pile of leftovers. More than 200 coats were collected for the effort and many adults and children are already benefitting from the donations. 

In Calais, there will be a winter coat giveaway at the Community Thrift Store Annex by the movie theater on October 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and on October 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All community members who are in need of sufficient clothing for themselves or for a family member are encouraged to come and browse the selection. Aside from winter coats, the thrift store will also have some scarves, hats, and mittens to be given away as well. 

If you wish to donate winter coats or accessories to the Calais giveaway, you may do so at the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry parking lot from Wednesday until Friday. Donations will be accepted in the pantry’s truck, which will have its bay door open to receive them.