'Coats for Kids' Drive Running 16 Years Strong

October 03, 2017 09:08 AM

It may just be starting to feel like fall, but the winter months will be here before we know it and that means it's time for the annual 'Coats for Kids' drive.

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Pat Ringold with Benna Ford says the origin of the drive comes from a personal experience. Around 15 years ago, Ringold and his wife Carla were driving to Benna Ford in Superior on a chilly day. Ringold explains he saw a little girl run by Tower Avenue without a coat on and they decided they needed to do something to help children like her.

Coming up on the drive's 16th year, they have now given away a total of 21,261 coats. Last year's drive had a record 2,036 donated.

This year, coats will be distributed November 8 through November 10 at the Salvation Army in Superior, located at 916 Hughtt Avenue. Any coat, new or used, can be donated. They're looking for coats for kids of all ages, from infants to teens.

Drop off locations (accepting through 10/31):

  • Walmart Stores - Cloquet, Hermantown and Superior
  • Altec Hiline -1255 Port Terminal Drive
  • Benna Ford
  • Cub Foods
  • Engwalls Corn Maze
  • Haunted Shack at the Buffalo House (Those who donate a coat will receive a discount on their ticket)
  • Lake Superior Cleaners (31 West Central Entrance, 2nd Ave West in Duluth and 1310 Ogden in Superior)
  • Midwest Communications
  • Northwestern School District


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