It’s that time of year again: when the temperature plummets and a line wraps around St. Peter Catholic Church for the 17th annual Society of St. Vincent de Paul Coat giveaway. Inside, people comb through racks as volunteers help them search for the perfect coat.Cindy Engelkamp is the chair of the event. She said Omaha families are in need all times of the year. But, going through the winter months without a good coat can be harsh.”This is one thing they don’t have to purchase,’ said Engelkamp. “With everything going up in price, I think is one way we can help.”Engelkamp said businesses and other volunteers have collected roughly 3,000 coats to give out this time around. Dozens of knitted gloves, scarves and hats are also lined up for the taking.Volunteer Monse Hopkins has been a part of the coat drive and other events for nearly 15 years.”It’s always good to interact with the community,” said Hopkins. “I started as a kid just something to do on the weekend.”As she’s grown up, she’s made it a mission to keep these families warm and fed, and helping young kids.”I feel like more than 80% come for their kids and everybody afford it, especially right now with COVID,” said Hopkins. “You’re kind of tight on the budget.”The organization is giving away 1,000 brand new winter coats to kids to keep them warm this season.”We always have a goal not to run out of kids’ coats,” said Engelkamp. “We need to keep our kids warm this year and help the parents to provide for them.”

It’s that time of year again: when the temperature plummets and a line wraps around St. Peter Catholic Church for the 17th annual Society of St. Vincent de Paul Coat giveaway.

Inside, people comb through racks as volunteers help them search for the perfect coat.

Cindy Engelkamp is the chair of the event. She said Omaha families are in need all times of the year. But, going through the winter months without a good coat can be harsh.

“This is one thing they don’t have to purchase,’ said Engelkamp. “With everything going up in price, I think is one way we can help.”

Engelkamp said businesses and other volunteers have collected roughly 3,000 coats to give out this time around. Dozens of knitted gloves, scarves and hats are also lined up for the taking.

Volunteer Monse Hopkins has been a part of the coat drive and other events for nearly 15 years.

“It’s always good to interact with the community,” said Hopkins. “I started as a kid just something to do on the weekend.”

As she’s grown up, she’s made it a mission to keep these families warm and fed, and helping young kids.

“I feel like more than 80% come for their kids and everybody afford it, especially right now with COVID,” said Hopkins. “You’re kind of tight on the budget.”

The organization is giving away 1,000 brand new winter coats to kids to keep them warm this season.

“We always have a goal not to run out of kids’ coats,” said Engelkamp. “We need to keep our kids warm this year and help the parents to provide for them.”

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