Algonquin Outfitters helping residents stay warm with ninth annual coat drive

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Algonquin Outfitters wants your coats.

For nine years now, Algonquin Outfitters has been asking the community to bring in their gently used winter coats to help those who can’t afford to purchase a winter coat on their own.

The coats are collected and donated to The Table Soup Kitchen Foundation. In exchange for bringing in a coat that is warm, wearable and washed, the giver receives a $50 gift card when they purchase a new, regular-priced coat at an Algonquin Outfitters location in Huntsville, Bracebridge, Haliburton or Oxtongue Lake.

“We have so many stores in such a small area that we’re really dedicated to our communities,” said Randy Mitson, marketing manager with Algonquin Outfitters. “We’re family-owned, we’re owned by Rich and Sue Swift and they want to support the communities in many ways. We’re always trying to think of ways the things we do can connect with the communities we’re in.”

The promotion is on for the month of November. Residents are encouraged to donate other winter items such as snow pants, gloves, toques, and boots as well, even though they won’t receive a gift card.

“More and more people just donate. People that buy our coats don’t need a new coat every year,” said Mitson. “Anything people are donating, we just ask that it’s warm, wearable and washed.” Jackets with broken zippers won’t be accepted.

“Algonquin Outfitters is known for its generosity throughout the community, not just at the Table and that’s so nice,” said Heather Cassie, CEO with The Table Soup Kitchen Foundation. “We’re so grateful for their partnership year after year. It’s not just a coat; the impact is much bigger than keeping someone warm with a coat.”

In December, typically two weeks before Christmas, Algonquin Outfitters does another fundraiser for The Table Soup Kitchen Foundation. If customers make a donation to the foundation they will save the tax on their purchase.

Algonquin Outfitters uses that money to purchase items from other local stores to be able to give families a Christmas. “We try to spend our money as wisely as possible but we also try to get what they ask for,” said Mitson.

“We support our community because we’re very community-based,” he added.

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