The Extra Mile is the distribution center for coats for kids. This year they have collected 5,000 coats and counting collected.
The coats are picked up from the collection spots, dry cleaned and delivered to The Extra Mile located in Downtown Lafayette.
The volunteers sort the coats by gender and age and hang then them up.
One volunteer, David Mitchell was inspired to help out at the charity after he lost everything he owned in a fire. He tells KLFY’s Brooke Silverang the he loves helping out in the community and seeing the smile on kids’ faces when they come for the coats and toys.
Mitchell was able to start a new chapter in his life, and that’s one of the things Coats for Kids aims to do.
Karen Hebert has been with The Extra Mile for 20 years and says the Coats for Kids program is very important to her, “When I see a child standing at the bus stop with no coat no hat, it breaks my heart. ” She added, “I don’t want to see anybody cold, that’s the bottom line. We have coats we have what is needed to help keep kids and adults warm this winter”.
The Extra Mile distributes coats to schools and churches after requests are made. By April, they expect all the coats collected this year to be almost gone.
The Coats for Kids collections began in October and will be done the end of December.
If you have clothes lying around that you haven’t worn in ages, the Extra Mile accepts donations all year round for kids and also adults.
Volunteers say they can use coats, scarves, hats, gloves, and especially men’s clothing.
The Extra Mile is located at 525 S Buchanan St, Lafayette, LA 70501