Keep a kid warm by donating a coat

The Coats for Kids program is seeking to collect 10,000 gently used winter coats for those in need this year.

Pilgrim Cleaners started the program in 1986, and it has continued every year since. Sun Newspapers is a media sponsor.

Anyone who wants to donate a gently used coat can take it to any of the 25 Pilgrim Cleaners locations or the Sun Newspapers offices in Eden Prairie and Osseo. The program accepts coats for children and adults, and the collection drive runs through Friday, Oct. 12.

Pilgrim will clean the coats and give them to eight metro-area charities, which will distribute them to those in need.

Community members can also send monetary gifts to the Coats for Kids fund, c/o Pilgrim Cleaners, 3217 85th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park 55443. One hundred percent of donations will go toward purchasing new children’s coats.

Schools are encouraged to organize their own coat drives. The school that collects the most will win a Subway Party and a plaque for the school.