In 2009 Mathew came up with the idea to start Coats For Calgary while volunteering at the Calgary Food Bank. With Mathew's vast database in Calgary and his career in Real Estate, he went to work contacting businesses throughout the city in the hopes of partnering together to collect warm jackets from the beginning of fall, through to Christmas when the coats are donated.

After witnessing the significant lack of warm clothing during the harsh winter months, I wanted to try and help in any way I could. To do something impactful and to make a difference for the people who need it most.

2020 marks the tenth annual jacket drive with the hopes to surpass our previous impressive record of over 6000 jackets donated. With over 40 sponsors and businesses involved this year, the goal is to duplicate our previous staggering 6000 jackets, a number Mathew never thought would be obtainable when first kicking off the jacket drive 10 years ago.

We live in such an incredible city with so many giving and generous people. The least we can do is try and lend a helping hand to those less fortunate in our city. To me, coming together for the greater good and giving back is the definition of community. I am proud to be a part of this community and honoured to be able to continue this initiative year over year.

About Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre Society

For more than 50 years, the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre Society has delivered services and supports to people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Open 365 days a year, twenty-four hours a day, the Calgary Drop-In sleeps over 1,000 people per night and serves approximately 3,000 meals a day. The Calgary Drop-In offers emergency services to over 20,000 Calgarians each year. It also offers affordable housing: Bridgeland Manor is a 48-unit market rent and affordable housing apartment that provides stable and independent living for seniors; Sundial is a 114 unit apartment building, offering market rent and affordable housing together in a community setting. The Calgary Drop-In relies on monetary donations to fund its fifty programs and services.

Donations can be made online at calgarydropin.ca/donate

Learn more at calgarydropin.ca

Drop-Off Locations

AMP Academy at Winsport

147 Canada Olympic Rd SW

Avenue Financial

301, 1324 11 Avenue SW

Balance Auto Garage

3603A Edmonton Trail

Black Swan Ale House

10455 Southport Rd SW

Blend & Bloom Salon

306, 508 24 Avenue SW

Bonavista Promenade

755 Lake Bonavista Drive SE

Buffalo Bob's Canadian Pub

126, 3715 51 Street SW

California Tan

272, 10816 MacLeod Trail S

Capital Auto

13103 Lake Fraser Drive SE

Ceilis

933-A 17 Avenue SW

351 4 Avenue SW

Cloud Chaserz

6, 3803 26 Avenue SW

37, 180 94 Avenue SE

Douglasdale Family Chiropractic

1, 3451 Douglasdale Blvd SE

Frida Beauty Bar

1945 33 Avenue SW

1410 World Bier Haus

1410 17 Avenue SW

1600 World Bier Haus

1600 90 Avenue SW

722 World Bier Haus

601, 722 85 Street SW

House of Cars

4525 Bowfort Road NW

3909 Macleod Trail

115 61 Avenue SW

1323 McKnight Blvd NE

1734 50 Street SE

2410 24 Street NE

117 Gateway Dr NE, Airdrie

Jensen Fitness

133, 10555 48 Street SE

Kahane Law Office

7309 Flint Road SE

Kings Fitness

4109 11 Street SE

Mercedes Benz Country Hills

2450 Country Hills Blvd NE

Mortgage Connection

110, 1121 Centre Street NW

National

550 17 Avenue SW

341 10 Avenue SW

180 Stewart Green SW

Pig & Duke

1312 12 Avenue SW

503 4 Avenue SW

Press + Post

1213 1st Street SW

Righteous Gelato

#110, 221 19 Street SE

Riteway Signs

Bay 15, 4905 102 Avenue SE

Robertson LLP

520, 999 8 Street SW

Royal Tea

931 10 Avenue SW

Salon Jolie

#604, 100 Auburn Meadows Dr SE

Staging Calgary

141 Royal Oak Green NW

The Sweat Science

1406 9 Avenue SE

The Way Holistic Collective

622 Edmonton Trail NE

Tom's House of Pizza

7730 MacLeod Trail SW

17103 James McKevitt Rd SW

300, 235 Milligan Dr, Okotoks

4812 Center Street NE

Watchmen's

1109 17 Avenue SW

YYC Cycle

1117 Kensington Road NW

101, 3505 14 Street SW