Coats for Kids donations accepted through Oct. 7

Distribution will be available Oct. 16


Kinship Partners is gearing up for the annual Coats for Kids event from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. on October 16 at the Westgate Mall. One coat - plus other winter items - per child will be available while supplies last.

Kinship Partners is asking for help helping the community stay warm this winter by donating coats, mittens, hats, snow pants, and boots. It’s not just for the little ones, Kinship needs adult-sized coats for our bigger kids, too.

Donations of new and gently used items are being accepted now through Oct 7 at Crystal Cleaners in Brainerd, and other locations in the area.

Coats for Kids is sponsored by Kinship Partners, Hubbard Radio, 104.3 The Pulse, Crystal Cleaners and Westgate Mall.

For more information, or to volunteer - call 218-454-8014, or visit

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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