Given the current challenging economic conditions, a beloved community event will be particularly cherished this year.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming annual Jacket Racket Event, scheduled for Saturday, October 28. During this time, individuals in need of warm winter clothing will have the opportunity to access gently used winter attire.

Donations of clean, gently used winter clothing for all age groups and sizes are currently being accepted until October 25. Items such as hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, snowsuits, and boots will be gratefully received.

Kathleen Dennis with the Family Resource Network (FRN) said the goal is to ensure everyone in Cochrane stays warm this winter. 

"We get donations from the amazing community here in Cochrane. People can come and ease the financial burden for our families and individuals and seniors, anyone can come to the event and pick up some winter gear." 

There are several drop off locations throughout town. 

  • BGC Cochrane
  • Bow Valley Credit Union
  • Cochrane Alliance Church
  • Cochrane RancheHouse
  • Cochrane Safeway
  • Family & Community Support Services (FCSS)
  • Family Resource Network (FRN)
  • Spray Lake Sawmills Centre

Dennis said they accept all winter clothing, "Because this event is for everyone we really do need men, women and in particular kids winter gear. Gently used and clean winter wear. Anything really that people have in their closets that they no longer have a need for, we will gladly accept them."  

Because the event is so close to Halloween, costume donations are also being accepted.

Over 100 people attend the event each year. 

Dennis said the drop-in event will be family-friendly, "There will be crafts, snacks, music and a guest appearance from Cinnamon Bear." 

The event will be held on October 28 at the Cochrane Alliance Church from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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