There are still plenty of coats available ' free' at Catholic Charities

Friday, January 14th 2005, 10:26 am
By: News On 6

Giles Coats for Kids has been operating for two decades and gets bigger every year. This year a record number of coats donated and distributed.

New on 6 reporter Rick Wells stopped by Catholic Charities at 739 North Denver and found there are plenty of coat left for those who need them.

2 and a half month old Delilah and her mom Alissa McWirt are at Catholic Charities to, among other things, get coats for the rest of the winter. "This is my Mom's coat, I borrowed it."

The process is pretty simple. If you need a coat, you get a coat. In fact after a brief interview you get a voucher which entitles you to one heavy coat and a couple of light weight jackets.

Sean Donovan with Catholic Charities: "Oh there are tons of coats." Sean Donovan manages the coat distribution for Catholic Charities. He says it's been a record year for Giles Coats for Kids, both coming in and going out. "Last year we gave out about 10,000 coats this year it's gonna be over 11,000 coats." And with two weeks left in the program, they still have more than 3,000 coats.

Earlier in the season the line to get a coat was out the door and through the parking lot. Things have quieted down now and Donovan says either the need has been satisfied or people think the program is over.

For folks who still need 'em there are plenty to choose from. Alissa was able to easily find three that Delilah can wear and grow into. "0 to 6, that will probably fit her."

Giles Coats for Kids is over at the end of this month. Yale Cleaners has processed all the donated coats. Catholic Charities will distribute them through the end of this month.

Call them for more information at 585-8167.