The United Way’s Coats for Kids event was a success with nearly 300 coats donated this year.

The event was held on Saturday, Oct. 3, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club in Perham, and was held in partnership with Perham’s Boys and Girls Club and Empowering Kids.

“We got a really good variety of coats that have come in,” said Summer Hammond, the area coordinator for Perham and Wadena for United Way of Otter Tail and Wadena Counties said.

According to Hammond, donations were taken over the course of September and the donation barrels were located at the Perham Area Community Center, Kenny’s Candy, Tuffy’s, United Community Bank, Shearer’s, and Bremer Bank.

“We have coats that are sized for infants all the way up to adults,” Hammond said. In addition to gently used and new coats, hats, gloves, mittens, snow pants, and boots were also donated. She said that any of the donations that were not distributed at the event would be donated to the Boys and Girls Club Thrift Store.

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Hammond said as of 1:30 p.m. Saturday, they had already served 20 families. She said to keep with the COVID-19 guidelines, they had families come in one at a time, use the provided hand sanitizer, wear a face covering, and asked them to practice social distancing.

“If you weren’t able to come down today (Oct. 3) for whatever reason just reach out and we’ll be happy to help,” Hammond said.

“It’s important to our community that we give to those in need,” Hammond said. “COVID’s been hard on everybody and some families have had fires and lost everything. This is not just because you can’t afford a coat but because a natural disaster happened. It’s for anybody who needs something.”