Blackfalds Community Warmth fundraiser aims to outfit kids with coats

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Help those in need in Blackfalds this winter during the annual Community Warmth Fall Fundraiser.

Put on by After the Grind and Blackfalds FCSS, the fundraiser takes place on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Blackfalds Community Centre from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The aim is to outfit over 160 children with winter coats, snow pants, and winter boots through FCSS’ Winter Wear Program.

“We are extremely proud to be a part of this great local community program. The support we see through this event that directly helps kids in need is inspiring. We couldn’t think of a better way to support our community,” said After the Grind Owner Chris Keim.

With the Town of Blackfalds being one of the fastest growing communities in the country,  there’s an increased demand to help those in need of winter clothes to keep them warm through the winter months.

The Winter Wear Program is designed to meet those needs from families with limited resources who don’t have the necessary funds to afford winter clothing for their children. From unemployment, to rising living costs, to being a single parent, there are many situations that make it hard to purchase the clothing needed to stay warm.

Tickets to the fundraiser are limited, so those interested are asked to get theirs as early as possible. Each ticket is $30, which pays for one child to receive a new winter jacket, as well as provides attendees with a meal, live music from Don Swift, craft beer from Siding 14 Brewery and bidding on a dessert auction.

Tickets can be purchased at either After the Grind, located at 4911 Broadway Ave. or Blackfalds FCSS, located at 5016 Waghorn St. in Blackfalds.