Stephen Gard

South Essex Community Council




More coats needed to help our community


Leamington, ON: Autumn has barely arrived, but South Essex Community Council (SECC) is already thinking about winter as they have launched their annual Coats for Kids program.


In 2015 they were able to distribute 639 coats and 351 accessories, thanks to generous community support. “This is truly a community program with schools, churches, local businesses and individuals from across the South Essex region involved. The majority of coats collected here stay in the community. We are always in need of coats and snow suits especially for elementary school children, though we are seeing more adults accessing the service.” states Stephen Gard, Volunteer & Community Relations Program Leader at SECC.


There are many collection sites across Leamington and Kingsville including the SECC office, the Kinsmen Recreation Complex, Kingsville Arena, Maurice’s, Beachcomber Spas and various schools. Coats can also be taken directly to Canopy, Fletcher’s and Kennedy cleaners to be cleaned. A full list of sites can be found at  Collection goes until October 31st.


Coat distribution will be at SECC’s Leamington office at 215 Talbot Street East on the following dates:

  • Saturday, November 12th: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Monday, November 14th: 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 15th: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.


South Essex Community Council has been serving the communities of South Essex since 1973. It is a registered, non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is:  “Helping people. Improving lives.” SECC provides three core services: Employment & Training, Language & Settlement, and Community Services. The organization also provides a variety of income and security programs such as Coats for Kids and Keep the Heat.

Coats for Kids is a program in partnership with the Unemployed Help Centre.



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