Dylan Murdy (right), Cooper Loeppky and Stas Jankowski sort winter coats for kids of all ages in a Canadian Tire warehouse. Jessica Peters photo

Dylan Murdy (right), Cooper Loeppky and Stas Jankowski sort winter coats for kids of all ages in a Canadian Tire warehouse. Jessica Peters photo

Coats For Kids program expands thanks to Hope business

The Hope Esso truck stop sponsors coats to go to children across the SD 78 School District

This year the Murray Honda Coats for Kids program has branched out from Chilliwack to cover Agassiz, Hope and Boston Bar, with a special sponsor to cover all of School District 78, Fraser-Cascade.

A long-time winter warmth program supporting kids in Chilliwack, the program’s expansion is thanks to the soon-to-be-opened Hope Esso truck stop, whose contribution brought the funds necessary to support 100 coats for kids in the region.

The truck stop’s general manager, Claire Walker, said the decision to support the program was a no-brainer.

“We’re really excited. Before, they didn’t have the resources to be able to support the schools in Hope, Agassiz and Boston Bar,” she said.

“We thought it would be a perfect way, not only for us to… get out in the community and make our presence known, but at the same time be able to do some charity for the kids in the district.”

The Murray Honda Coats for Kids program will have put winter coats on the backs of about 100 students by the time this week is over.

It’s a project that’s made possible by volunteers, business sponsors, and by Murray Honda and Canadian Tire.

It’s a massive effort, filling a massive need.

Principals at each school are asked to fill out a form listing the gender and size of each student who needs a winter coat.

That number is higher in some schools and lower in others, but cold is cold, and the need is still there.