18th Year of Coats for Kids

Amy Adamle
Created: September 24, 2019 09:50 AM

Now that fall is officially here, that means the months will get colder and eventually we'll be getting the winter coats out again.  That's why Benna Ford is hosting its 18th annual Coats for Kids drive.  

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Pat Ringold, with Benna Ford, said it all started when his wife, Carla, saw a young girl walking in the cold in an dirty and tattered coat. 

"She said, 'Why don't we do a coat drive,'" Ringold said.  "And I said, 'Well how do we start that?' and of course she was pretty smart about that end of it." 

Since it started 18 years ago, they've received 24,204 coats.  

"You think about kids out there and the peer pressure of having a tattered or dirty coat or no coat at all," Ringold said. "Other kids can be tough on them."

Just last year they started collecting infant coats as well. He says adult coats can also work for teenagers. 

Lake Superior Cleaner's cleans up the coats and then they're given away to kids in need with the Salvation Army.

Here's a list of the drop-off locations:

•    Walmart stores-Cloquet, Hermantown and Superior
•    All Lake Superior Cleaners (31 West Central Entrance in Duluth and 1310 Ogden in Superior)
•    Benna Ford
•    Haunted Shack – (Haunted Ridge/Ru-Ridge Corn Maze) in Carlton
•    Midwest Communcaitions
•    Altec Industries-1255 Port Terminal Drive
•    Cub Foods
•   Como Oil & Propane-5820 Old Hwy 61 Duluth, 614 Recycle Drive Two Harbors
•    Ruth House- 7th and Grand in Superior


Amy Adamle

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