GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – The Salvation Army of Brown County says $9,667 and 471 coats were donated for the annual Coats for Kids collection at Lambeau Field.
Fans made their donations before Sunday’s Packers game against the Dallas Cowboys. Of the coats that were collected, 174 were brand new, and 297 were gently used.
Collection boxes lined the sidewalk and entrances to the parking lot near Lambeau Field.
Some members of the Action 2 News staff were also there to help collect donations. WBAY teams up with the Salvation Army and area partners to collect Coats for Kids, now in its 29th year.
The coats will be dry cleaned and distributed to children in need by the Salvation Army, which says it needs a variety of coats for when the temperatures drop.
“This is when people have to remember that we do become the frozen tundra and that winters in Wisconsin get really cold,” said Nan Pahl, director of social services at the Salvation Army Brown County. “We were trying to explain that to a few Dallas fans that are here for the game, and they still donated to our collection because they do understand the need our children have in Wisconsin when those temperatures dip so cold, and the snow gets so high.”
Last year, 306 coats and nearly $17,000 was collected during the Packers’ Coats for Kids collection.
Donations are being accepted through Nov. 4. CLICK HERE to find a list of where you can drop off donations.