Koats for Kids

Koats for Kids 

Date(s) of Distribution - October 25th to November 2nd, 2021

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For donors - Donations are now being accepted! Please refer to our poster as to where donations can be dropped off (click on the photo to view/download a list in PDF format). Coats of ALL sizes are accepted for ALL genders.

Due to the overwhelming support we've received from yarn artists, we are no longer able to accept donations of knitted/crocheted hats and mittens this year.

BGC London is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to accept donations. Due to COVID-19, our partnership with Fanshawe is on pause until further notice. Please do not donate items that need to be repaired. We do not have the storage space available to store these items.

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For families requesting assistance - please CLICK HERE to complete the request form. If we're unable to assist your family or if this is an urgent/immediate need, please refer to the Helping Yourself Through Hard Times booklet for other organizations who may be able to assist you. Priority is given to BGC London's members and active participants however all are welcome to submit a request. We will fulfill the requests in the order they were submitted after our members and active participants have received assistance.

Requests received after October 15th, 2021 will be more difficult for us to fulfill. Please submit requests as soon as possible. Priority is given to current BGC London members and participants AND their siblings.

About the Event

“Koats for Kids” is a community service of BGC London with area businesses and service clubs acting as partners in this very worthwhile undertaking – to ensure that every child is warm in the winter! Members of the Horton Street Seniors’ Centre, Club staff, students and community volunteers help distribute gently used coats and winter apparel to members and their families, and to the community until donations run out.

One coat will be given to each child/youth (0 to 18 years old) free of charge while quantities last. Proof of age will be required for each individual receiving a coat. Children and youth don't have to be present to receive a coat but proper identification is required. A request form must be submitted. Coats are not available for anyone over the age of 18. However, we do accept donations of adult size coats for youth.

In the fall, we start our appeal to the public. We ask them to drop off the winter apparel at the Club or at any of participating drop-off locations consisting of local businesses, organizations, and schools throughout the city. Help us ensure every child and youth is warm for the winter!

If anyone would like to donate funds to the Koats for Kids campaign, all proceeds will be used to cover minimal administrative and supplies costs, and new winter apparel for next year's campaign. 

Monetary donations can be made:

  • In person at BGC London (184 Horton Street). Tax receipts will be provided for donations of $20.00 or more.
  • Online - please make sure to select the "Koats for Kids" fund on our CanadaHelps page below. Tax receipts are automatically e-mailed to donors by CanadaHelps.
  • Over the phone with a credit card – call 519-434-9114 during office business hours (Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

Koats for Kids Partners


Thank you to the students and faculty at Fanshawe College's Fashion Design program (Fashion Fit) for mending rips and tears, and replacing zippers on winter coats.

Due to COVID-19, our partnership with Fanshawe is on pause until further notice. Please do not donate items that need to be repaired. We do not have the storage space available to store these items.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact:

Christina Yung
Executive Assistant and Fund Development
519-434-9115 ext. 241

If you are interested in volunteering in some capacity for this project, please contact:

Shelby Weaver
Special Events & Fundraising Coordinator
519-434-9115 ext. 266

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