Keep children cosy this Christmas

Message from Dorset Council:

An appeal for children’s new or nearly new winter coats and warm pyjamas has launched to keep children cosy this Christmas. Outdoor play is incredibly beneficial for children, and with winter drawing in we are asking families to donate new or nearly new items to help Dorset’s children stay warm and dry.

This has been a tough year for many and these items can be a significant cost for many families. We are asking for those who can, to donate new, or nearly new, winter coats and warm pyjamas that are suitable for ages 3-12. We will accept coats and jackets in all shapes and sizes – although heavy-duty styles are the most needed, particularly if they’re weather-resistant. 

How it works – and how to pick up a coat or warm pyjamas 

There will be one week where people can drop off items, an isolation period for the clothing to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission, and then a week where families can drop-in and pick-up coats and pyjamas. No checks, forms or pre-booking – simply help where it’s needed. 

  • Drop-off: Friday 4 – Thursday 10 December (subject to individual opening times)
  • Pick-up: Monday 14 – Sunday 20 December (subject to individual opening times)

Drop-off and pick-up venues are located all over Dorset. The full list can be found here and new venues will continue to be added.

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