The Coats for Kids program provides gently used winter coats for impoverished Mainers. Pratt-Abbott launched the program along with the Salvation Army in 1983, after noticing that many families couldn’t afford expensive jackets that their children would soon outgrow.
Today, Coats & Toys for Kids (as it is now known) is a holiday giving tradition. Our employees often volunteer extra time to help sort and clean all of the coats. Each year, generous Mainers donate more than 40,000 “gently used” coats for families in need, and Pratt-Abbott is delighted to donate the cleaning of each one in preparation for their distribution.
The “Coats & Toys For Kids” collaborative now includes the Salvation Army, WCSH 6/WLBZ 2, Hannaford, Shaw’s, Pepsi, and the Maine Oil Dealers Association.
If your school, church or civic group would like to get involved with “Coats & Toys For Kids,” please contact WCSH6/WLBZ 2 and they will update you on campaign information as it becomes available.
If you or a child you know needs a coat, please contact the Salvation Army at (207) 774-6304.