Westside CARES hosts first annual Coat Fest

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Plummeting temperatures during winter months can put many homeless and needy people in danger.

Westside CARES hosted its first ever Coat Fest at the Unity Spiritual Center Saturday, collecting coats that will go to help a lot of people in the Colorado Springs community.

“[It] doesn’t matter if you’re homeless or just in need, we’ve specifically asked at this event for people to bring adult-sized coats,” said event organizer Christie Coker.  “There are lots of children’s coats, because kids outgrow them, so they outgrow them really fast and we can get children’s coats fairly easily, but it’s the adults that really suffer when they need something warm to wear.”

Bill Emery is also an organizer of the event and a resident nurse at a local hospital. He says the cold is a dangerous thing for the homeless who do not have coats.

“It can obviously lead to pneumonia and even to death, so that’s how serious it can get,” Emery said.

If you missed Saturday’s event and would like to donate coats or money, visit Westside CARES at 2808 West Colorado Ave.


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