With the cold Maine winter quickly approaching, one fraternity hopes to bring a little warmth to the community and help a good cause in the process.
The Kappa Sigma fraternity will host its first Coats for the Cold sale at the Kappa Sigma House on Saturday, Nov. 9 and Sunday, Nov. 10. The fraternity plans to hold this event annually.
The fraternity will be selling an assortment of gently used coats, jackets, hoodies and sweaters for $5 each.
All proceeds from the sale will go to the Fisher House Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides temporary housing to families of veterans who are hospitalized due to illness, disease or injury.
“I would like to raise at least $1,000 for the Fisher House, which I think is a very achievable goal,” said Jonathan Carney, philanthropy chair at Kappa Sigma. “I think we’ll raise more than that, honestly.”
The event is part of Kappa Sigma’s national Military Heroes Campaign, which aims to help wounded military veterans returning from active duty through charitable donations.
“Anyone can come and buy a coat,” Carney said. “Hopefully, we’ll have a lot of locals and college students who are tailgating come over.”
The sale on Nov. 10 will coincide with the UMaine football game against Georgia State.
The fraternity has already collected over 200 coats and is hoping to double that number before the sale.
Donations of clean coats in good condition can be dropped off at the Kappa Sigma House until the day of the event. Donors can also arrange to have the items picked up by a fraternity member.
Coats not sold during the event will be donated to the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter.
“Even if the sale was a complete flop, all that would mean is that we’re donating over 200 coats, which still makes a huge difference,” Carney said. “So it’s the kind of event that, no matter how it turns out, does good for someone.”
Signs will be set up along Main Street and around campus to direct people to the location of the sale. Fraternity members will also be serving breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs and hamburgers to shoppers.
Kappa Sigma organizes a number of different events on campus each year, including the annual Frisbee for Fisher House in the spring. They also regularly work with other fraternities and sororities on campus to raise money for charity.
“When you have a bond, when you have a brotherhood, it’s important to become a force in the community,” Carney said. “If you have the ability to help people, you should be doing it. That’s a founding belief of Kappa Sigma.”
Donations can be dropped off at the Kappa Sigma House at 4 Munson Rd. For more information, or to schedule a donation pickup, contact Jonathan Carney by phone at 203- 314-5029, or by email at JECarney.JC@gmail.com.