The annual Coats 4 Kids program that usually runs out of A Hand Up Clothing Room at St. Mary's Hall on Frederick Street will not be running this year as the pandemic battles on.
Clients are currently being referred to the Hand Up Clothing Room, which is providing emergency packages for those in need.
Anyone who is in need of items like socks, coats or boots are encouraged to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know what size is needed. One of the volunteers will then put together a package for pickup.
At this time, the clothing room is not accepting any donations. Patti LaRose with CrossTrainers Canada says they are still very full, and Marshalls has started donating clothes that they need to get rid of. There are also still plenty of coats left from the Coats for Connor campaign held this past fall.
"We are in good shape so far," says LaRose, adding that once they start to run out of certain items, they will place a call for donations on their Facebook page.
The Out of the Cold Cafe located in the same building remains open as well, Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for anyone looking for a place to warm up and receive a free meal. The maximum number of guests allowed in at one time has been reduced to 10.
"If someone in Bradford is in need, we will do our best to help," says LaRose.