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WRITTEN BY ANDREA JUAREZ
Maybe you bought a new wintercoat this fall and now you’rewondering what to do with yourold one. Here’s a roundup ofplaces to donate clean, gentlyused winter clothing and boots.
U United Way of the
Alberta Capital Region,
The United Way of the AlbertaCapital Region’s Coats for Kidsand Families program beganin 1992 to support people withlimited financial resources who needwinter jackets.
U The Salvation Army,
Located across the province, theSalvation Army collects new and usedcoats to distribute to people in need. Italso has a partnership with the CalgaryStampeders to collect coats for charityat select football games.
U Jacket Racket Calgary,
Donate winter clothing for children
U The Mustard Seed, theseed.ca
and youth from mid-October to mid-
November at schools and other
locations across Calgary. Everything is
then distributed via the Calgary Board
of Education and the Calgary Catholic
With locations in Calgary, Edmontonand Red Deer, The Mustard Seedprovides emergency shelter, food andclothing for homeless Albertans.
U Project Warmth Society of
Drop off blankets, gloves, sleepingbags, parkas and more at fire stations inCalgary. Project Warmth then distributesthem to families who cannot afford tobuy them.
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Get ready for winterHere are tips for getting your home, yardand car ready for the snow.
Inside your home: It’s time to getyour furnace and fireplaces cleaned, andensure they’re in working order. Install acarbon monoxide detector, or double-check that the one you have still works.
Check weatherstripping on doors forcracks and replace if necessary. (Remindyour landlord if you rent.)
In the yard: Put away garden hoses..
Rake leaves and put up your Christmaslights before the snow falls. Buy de-icer or sand for your sidewalks, and booka snow removal service if you don’t likeshovelling.
Car care: Install winter tires. Replacebroken wiper blades and add winterwindshield washer fluid to your car’sreservoir. Check the battery. Ensure yourcar has an emergency kit, and add ashovel and a sleeping bag to your trunk, incase you get stranded or stuck.
When it comes to choosing winter
boots, it’s important to think about
more than style. Look for a winter
temperature rating to ensure the ones
you pick are warm, and shop for a
comfortable pair with anti-slip soles.
Cathy Harbidge, Calgary FallPrevention Clinic coordinator withAlberta Health Services, says it’simportant to look for boots with:
• Adequate support through the sole
and around the ankles
• High-traction anti-slip soles
• The correct size. If they’re too big,
you may twist an ankle
• Adjustable laces or laces and a
For independent third-party ratingson specific winter boot brands, go toratemytreads.com.