BANGOR (NEWS CENTER Maine) — This Saturday is our 36th annual Coats and Toys for Kids Day.

NEWS CENTER Maine is partnering with the Salvation Army and Pratt Abbott Cleaners to collect new and gently used winter coats to help Mainers keep warm this winter.

Candy Kreamer was at Salvation Army in Bangor on Wednesday looking at coats for her seven and two-year-old kids. As do most kids, they enjoy playing in the snow. “My son is not sure about the snow yet, but he likes to throw it up and roll around in it." says Kreamer.

Kreamer wants to keep her kids warm and healthy but keeping them in a warm coat can be a struggle.

“They are growing, growing right out of them"

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With the help of the Salvation Army and Coats for Kids, Kreamer is thankful this season. “(I feel) blessed knowing that their warm snuggled in and not get colds.”

With the cold start to the winter season, the need for a warm coat has started early.

“It's been miserable weather here and people who normally are still doing sweatshirt thing are definitely transitioning to coats a lot earlier and coming to us a lot sooner than we normally see” says Captain Rebecca Kirk of the Salvation Army.

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Captain Kirk says they need coats for teens too, who normally wear adult size coats.

You can drop off donations at any Hannaford or Shaws’s store thought December.