Coats for Kids



Shop with a Cop and Coats for Kids Partnership

Once again this year, the Rotary Club of Sussex is proud to assist the Shop with a Cop Program (SWAC).
The Coats for Kids Program last year provided all six SWAC children with funds to purchase winter outerwear. As they were out “shopping” this donation allowed them the opportunity to purchase a new coat, boots, or whatever they needed. As well, it covered the cost to assist in purchasing all the children’s siblings' hats, mitts, and gloves for the winter season. This is a well-received addition to the program and we are so excited to announce we will be doing the same thing this year!

Presenting this year's cheque to assist with the purchase of winter wear is Rotary Club of Sussex member, Taylor McWhirter.

If you are willing to donate a new or gently used coat, they can be dropped off at the Scotiabank on Main Street or the Salvation Army Thrift Store. If you wish to make a cash or gift certificate donation, please feel free to reach out
Salvation Army and Coats for Kids Partnership
The Rotary Club of Sussex is very thankful for the partnership with the Salvation Army for the Coats for Kids program again this year.
With this partnership, children will be given the gift of warmth by being able to purchase new winter attire for the cold months ahead. Families with children in need are able to access the Coats for Kids program by contacting the Salvation Army at 506-433-5461.

Presenting this year's donation to the Salvation Army is Rotary Club of Sussex Member, Taylor McWhirter.


100 Women Who Care Kings County

100 Women Who Care Kings County

Shown above are Kristy Waalderbos and Sally Kierstead presenting the “cheque” to Mary McNair.

On the evening of December 4, 2018, Rotarian Mary McNair presented the Coats for Kids Program to the 100 Women Who Care Kings County as a worthy recipient of their giving.  "We were so pleased when they announced at their meeting that “The charity chosen to receive our collective donation tonight of $6900.00 was the Coats for Kids Program of the Sussex Rotary Club. Tonight was the 5th anniversary of forming our group and interestingly enough, our very first recipient five years ago was the Coats for Kids Program! To date, we have cumulatively donated just under $159,000.00 to 21 Kings County charities and non-profits.”

Mary said, “We are so pleased the 100 Women Who Care Kings County choose our Coats for Kids Program! Thank you! The Rotary Club of Sussex began this initiative in 2001, and work with the administration of elementary schools in Sussex, Sussex Corner, Apohaqui, Norton, Belleisle and Havelock to determine the needs each year. Being ready for the elements is key to physical wellness as well as developing positive social skills and mental wellness. Children have improved self-confidence, greater peer acceptance and improved school attendance when they are prepared with basic necessities. And most importantly, a huge thank you to the 100 Women Who Care of Kings County for the great work they do in Kings County! We greatly appreciate it!"

Coats for Kids Needs Your Support

In 2016, the Coats for Kids Program encountered a significant increase in need. In the largest area school, Sussex Elementary, the demand doubled from that of the previous year – 65 coats just for one school. We are committed to making sure that these little kids get the warm clothing they need before the harsh cold weather arrives.

Coats for Kids at Belleisle Elementary School
Coats for Kids at Belleisle Elementary School

How can you help? 

We are asking for your financial support to meet this need right here in our community. Your contribution for Coats for Kids Program, no matter the amount, written out to the Rotary Club of Sussex Charitable Trusts, Inc., will earn you a tax receipt, and go directly to funding warm clothes for elementary school kids.
For many years, the Sussex Rotary Club has canvassed the surrounding elementary schools of Sussex, Sussex Corner, Belleisle, Havelock, and Apohaqui, working with the teachers to identify children that might need winter clothing including coats, boots, mittens. We deliver the certificates to the schools, and the school staff ensures they go to deserving children.
This year’s need has resulted in the Sussex Rotary Club issuing over 100 certificates valued at $75.00, so the demand is high, and your support today is needed more than ever before!

Coats for Kids at Havelock Elementary School
Coats for Kids at Havelock Elementary School

Your donation can be sent to:

The Rotary Club of Sussex Charitable Trusts, Inc.,  P.O. Box 7004, Sussex Corner NB, E4E 5M3

Or you can arrange your donation by contacting us directly!



100 Women Who Care of Kings County

Photo Credit: Ossekeag Publishing, Caleb Burns

The Rotary Club of Sussex Charitable Trusts was happy to be the recipient of the first charitable donation of $5000.00 by the 100 Women Who Care of Kings County. The group chose Rotary’s Coats for Kids Program, and the generous donation will help the Club provide winter coats for children. Pictured above is Sally Kierstead of the 100 Women Who Care of Kings County, and Rotarian Shawn Leonard, chair of this year’s Coats for Kids Program. The 100 Women Who Care of Kings County meet once per quarter and select three charities to present at their meeting. At the end of the evening, the women vote to pledge their support to the winning entry by each donating $100.00.

Fifty women of all ages have signed up over the past two months to join the charitable organization, and there is still room for more to become involved, according to the Sussex Herald.

The group meets four times per year for one hour, with each member making a $100.00 donation.

Certificate of Appreciation


For many years, the Rotary Club has sponsored Coats for Kids, a program that funds approximately $6000.00 annually for the purchase of coats for children at local schools in Sussex, Sussex Corner, Norton and the Belleisle. The Club chair for the past two years has been Rotarian Jason Sturgeon, and as stated by Miss Tingley, “The need is always there, and it is heartwarming to know your support is as well.”

Thank you, Miss Tingley, for the note!

Coats for Kids

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