Unwanted children's coats and jackets in Kent can be donated to Coats For Kids in Maidstone

Families are being encouraged to donate their children's unwanted and outgrown coats to a charity dedicated to keeping kids warm in winter.

The Coats For Kids project was first started in the UK in Grimsby but is quickly spreading across the country and has now reached Maidstone.

Louise Hampton with some of the coats she has collected
Louise Hampton with some of the coats she has collected

A similar organisation has been long established in the United States.

Mum of two, Louise Hampton of Hillary Road, Maidstone, is the local co-ordinator.

She aims to collect any coats that are no longer needed, perhaps because the child has grown out of them, and then pass them on to any children or families that are in need.

She said: "I work with schools and food banks to help identify any families or children that could benefit from a new or used coat, but I am also very interested in hearing directly from any families out there that would be glad of a donation.

"Also, it goes without saying, I am also always looking for people to donate unwanted coats that other children have maybe grown out of, but still have plenty life left in them - ie the zips work and it provides warmth."

The coats will go to children whose parents are struggling to find money for warm winter clothes
The coats will go to children whose parents are struggling to find money for warm winter clothes

She said: "I work as a childminder in Maidstone and I sometimes see first-hand how parents can struggle with the basics and I want to do what I can.

"Finding money for food and the basic bills is sometimes hard enough so if I can save a family the cost of a new coat by recycling that what others don't need I am happy to play my role."

Coats For Kids
Coats For Kids

The service is completely free.

There are three drop-off points for donations: LouLou's Day Care at 75 Hillary Road, Maidstone; 14 Holmesdale Close, Loose, and 23 Marsham Street, Maidstone (opposite the community support centre.)

To contact Mrs Hampton either to make a donation or request a coat, email coatsforkidskent@outlook.com

Further information here.

For more family-related news and events for Kent please visit www.mykentfamily.co.uk

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