'Coats for Kids' campaign helps local kids in need


As we brace for colder temperatures, a local campaign called 'Coats for Kids' is making sure children are staying warm this winter.

New or gently used coats were collected at dozens of locations across Western Massachusetts over the last several weeks, and on Saturday, those coats were distributed to those in need at the Salvation Army facility on Pearl Street in Springfield.

"It's something that we do every year, so it's important to the folks that do come. There's a lot of new people coming, so I think the need is higher. We'll be giving these coats out for a while today," said Major John Ferreira of the Greater Springfield Salvation Army.

About 1,500 coats were handed out this year.

Since 1980, 'Coats for Kids' has collected tens of thousands of winter coats for families.

Western Mass News was proud to be a sponsor of this year's 'Coats for Kids' campaign.

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