A local business and charitable organizations have come together for a donation drive that aims to bring coats to Nanaimo’s homeless.

Dodd’s Furniture partnered with the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition last week to collect and distribute warm winter coats to unhoused people in the city.

More than 40 coats have been collected so far and will be distributed through the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition’s partner agencies, such as the Society for Equity, Inclusion and Advocacy (SEIA) and the 7-10 Club.

“During these cold winter months, donations of winter coats help keep people experiencing homelessness warm and safe,” Chantale Roelens, Executive Director, SEIA.

“We’re grateful to the community members who have donated to help their neighbours, and to Dodd’s Furniture for spearheading this coat drive.”

The donation drive is still ongoing and those who wish to donate coats and other winter items such as hats, scarves and gloves can continue to drop them off at Dodd’s Furniture at 4900 Uplands Drive.

In addition to the funding drive, the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition has partnered with United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island, the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy, SEIA and the 7-10 Club to open two warming centres in the city.

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