Washington County Community Action Angels hold annual free coat boutique

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FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (NEWS10) — It says it in the name: the Community Action Angels, an arm of the Washington County Economic Opportunity Council, offers warmth to children and adults each year through a unique shopping experience for low-income families.

The temperatures are going to drop over the next few days and for those with financial challenges, they may be worried about keeping their families warm.

Some angels in Washington County are here to help with that.

“Sometimes you just don’t have the money to do it,” said Ashley Kline.

Winter clothing can be expensive for anyone year after year, especially with growing children. That’s why the Washington County Community Action Angels Program offers an annual free coat boutique to low-income families.

“By providing this service it gives them some extra money that they can put towards food or towards their rent or electric bill,” Senior Program Coordinator of Washington County Economic Opportunity Council Marcy Robinson said.

Over 650 coats of all sizes were donated by the local community this year, along with several other warm weather items.

“People love to help, they understand that there are children out there that don’t have warm coats for the winter,” Robinson said.

All that is needed is proof of residency in order to browse the coat boutique, which also offered free flu shots and information on other services available in the county.

In the past, up to 100 families have taken advantage of the day, and for some, the benefit has lasted beyond just one season.

“The coat I got for my 4-year-old last year, my 2-year-old will wear this winter, this has been great,” Kline added.

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