DI Staff Vern Sofocleous unloading donations

In 6 days, the CBC Coat Drive drove in over 6,000 coats to the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre for low-income and homeless Calgarians. We have you to thank!

When CBC heard that The Drop-In only had two coats in its free clothing store amidst a cold snap, that people were unable to attend medical appointments, seek work or visit friends and family because of a lack of warm clothing, they acted. They echoed The Drop-In’s call for help on TV, radio, and online. They invited generous Calgarians to give what they could, using the CBC office as a drop-off point. People gave in droves.

Over 1,000 coats were collected in the first 24 hours. After six days, over 6,000 coats were collected. Countless hats, scarves, mitts, and boots were also donated.

Some donations were mailed to The Drop-In from BC, others arrived from Regina. Some of the coats had books of bus tickets hidden in the pockets. Some homemade warm wool hats had a note attached saying “Drop-In Centre. Hand Made with Love :)”. Every donation was shared with love.

Thank you CBC TV and Calgary Eyeopener. An equally warm and special thank you goes to CBC listeners and viewers. Without your support, Calgarians would not have the essentials they need to move forward with their lives. Your generosity warms our heart.



Debbie Newman, Executive Director

Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre.