Coats for Kids collecting until end of this week

Masha Scheele

Residents of Hinton have been generous this year in donating their used coats for those who need them.

Coats for Kids is an annual event that has been running in the community to provide free coats to not only kids, but also for adults in need as the weather turns cold.

The Hinton Employment and Learning Place (HELP) most recently organized the event and this year the Hinton Alliance Church volunteered to run the program.

“We have received quite a few. I know Big Rock Dodge, their bin is exploding with coats. The response from the community in terms of donating has been fantastic,” said Ryan Levi, associate pastor at the Hinton Alliance Church.

Mr. Mikes also stepped up when the church needed extra places to collect coats and they were very quick to jump on board to help, Levi noted. He added that this event is something the community has been loyal to.

The church has collected at least 50 coats so far, and Levi predicts they will have between 200 and 300 coats at the end of the week.

Levi is keeping track of how many coats will be distributed this year in order to track the need in the community as well as how the event is meeting those needs.

“I know families that use the program will actually donate coats from the previous year that don’t fit and then get coats for the present year. It’s really a community minded event and program,” Levi said.

Coats for Kids is an event that gives the opportunity for anyone in the community to give back.

Coats will be collected until Oct. 30 at three locations in Hinton including the Alliance Church, Big Rock Dodge, and Mr. Mikes.

Anyone in need can come pick up a winter coat at the Hinton Alliance Church, 147 Swanson Drive, on Nov, 5, between 5 pm and 7 pm, Nov. 6, between 5 pm and 8 pm, and Nov. 7, between 9 am and 1 pm.

For more information, contact Ryan Levi at or 780-865-0603.