The Coats for Kids drive is underway in East Otter Tail and Wadena counties. The program helps to defray cold weather clothing costs for parents who may not be able to afford them.

Last year, more than 1,000 coats, hats, mittens and snow pants were handed out to families throughout the counties, according to a United Way news release.

If you have coats or other winter gear in good condition that no longer fits your family, please consider donating those items to one of the sponsored locations:

  • Bremer Bank, Perham

  • Kenny’s Candy, Perham

  • K.L.N. Family Brand, Perham

  • Perham Area Community Center, Perham

  • Perham Health, Perham

  • Shearer’s, Perham

  • Tuffy’s Pet Food, Perham

  • United Community Bank, Perham

  • Brunswick NYM Operations, New York Mills

  • Farmers & Merchant State Bank, New York Mills

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wadena

  • Maslowski Wellness & Research Center, Wadena

  • United Way of Otter Tail & Wadena Counties, Fergus Falls

The Coats for Kids distributions times are from 4 to 7 p.m. at these designated locations:

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  • Sept. 30: Calvary Church, 619 SW 3rd Ave., Perham

  • Oct. 6: Maslowski Wellness & Research Center, 17 SW 5th St., Wadena

  • Oct. 13: St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 101 W Gilman St., New York Mills

United Way’s mission is to improve lives in Otter Tail and Wadena counties by mobilizing the caring powers in our communities. United Way improves lives by supporting programs that provide good health, financial stability and a good education for families and residents in the community, according to the release.

For more information regarding United Way, visit their website at UWOTW.org or call 218-736-5147.