British Columbia Division

Above, the Bantam A Tyees hockey team and Salvation Army Cpt. Gord Taylor, second from right, pose with the 900-plus coats the team collected for the Salvation Army’s coat drive for the homeless. Below, Dave MacPherson, Salvation Army captain at the Vancouver headquarters, pours hot chocolate during the official kick off Saturday.— Image Credit: Kristen Douglas/Campbell River Mirror

Coats for Kids Gets a Boost


The Salvation Army’s annual Coats for Kids campaign got a boost from a local hockey team last weekend.The Bantam A Tyees rep team stopped by White Hat Cleaners, which cleans all the coats donated to the campaign, on Saturday with their donation.

When all was said and done, the Tyees had collected an impressive 970 coats and celebrated with hot chocolate and barbecued hot dogs provided by White Hat to promote the coat drive.The jackets will be cleaned by the crew at White Hat and then given to The Salvation Army to distribute to those less fortunate in the community.It’s an initiative that has existed for nearly 20 years in Campbell River and continues this year until Dec. 31.

Salvation Army Cpt. Gord Taylor said the community has really embraced the campaign.“We probably collected about 5,000 coats last year,” Taylor said. “We give them out throughout the entire winter. With the climate here, with all the rain, they typically go through more than one coat.”Taylor said The Salvation Army is “very appreciative” of the community’s support and White Hat which donates its time to clean and collect the jackets.Anyone who would like to donate their gently used coats, gloves, toques and other outerwear can drop them off at White Hat (601 11th Ave.) now until Dec. 31.

Story Credit: Kristen Douglas – Campbell River Mirror

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Articles


Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign Surpasses Goal


The Salvation Army is pleased to announce that it raised over $4.3 million provincially in British Columbia through its Christmas Kettle Campaign, surpassing its $4-million goal.  Nationally The Salvation Army raised over $23.5 million provincially, surpassing its $21 million goal!

“We are truly grateful for the continued support of our donors, volunteers and community partners, who enable us to help 1.9 million struggling Canadians during the Christmas season and throughout the year,” says Commissioner Susan McMillan, Territorial Commander for The Salvation Army […]

PicMonkey Collage Remeberence day

We Shall Remember Them


Remembrance Day is a day when British Columbians will gather at cenotaphs and ceremonies across the province to honour those who have served in our military and those who continue to serve our country in times of war, conflict and peace. 

During both world wars and throughout the Cold War, The Salvation Army provided Canadian military personnel overseas and in Canada with comforts such as hot drinks and snacks and established leave centres for rest and recreation. In Canada, our most […]