The annual Charity Checkstop was held in Red Deer Saturday to support Coats 4 Kids and the Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre.
The event, which ran from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., was held along Taylor Drive, just north of 32 Street. This is the 60th year for the Coats 4 Kids Charity Checkstop.
“It’s a very important fundraiser, especially when it comes to collecting the coats for kids,” said Denise Grace, CACPC programs and services co-ordinator.
“There are a lot of people not being able to afford coats – especially now with how the world is. It’s really important they have the opportunity to get coats so the kids can stay warm.”
Donated coats and winter clothing will go towards Coats 4 Kids, while donated cash supported the CACPC.
Fundraising efforts as a whole have been a little challenging throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Grace added.
For more information on the Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre, visit www.cacpc.ca.
People will also be able to drop off coats and other winter clothing at participating dry cleaners from Monday to Oct. 25:
Classic Cleaners (4912 35 St.), the Coverall Shop (7610 Edgar Ind Dr.), Mustang Laundry (6830 59 Ave.), Sterling Cleaners (4810 52 St.) and Village Dry Cleaners (5101 76 St.).
Winter items, for kids and adults, will be available to pick up only from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays Oct. 13-28 at Victory Church, located at 98 Oberlin Ave.
Meanwhile Citizens on Patrol, a partner program of CACPC, is hosting a virtual training session this upcoming Wednesday and Thursday. Anyone interested is asked to visit www.cacpc.ca/volunteering for more information.