Mark Clairmont |

MUSKOKA — Ask and ye shall receive.

That’s the Rotary/Fabricare free winter coat giveaway next week.

A first-come, first-served, no questions asked handout Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3-6 p.m. in Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Huntsville.

With a taste of winter already and COVID compounding the collection and distribution of donated parkas and snowsuits for children and adult, the annual community project is a huge success this year.

Bracebridge Rotarian John de Koning, who chairs the initiative, says it’s a win-win for everyone.

People get much-need coats and Muskoka Rotary club members — who will be on hand to help people pick a coat — get to do what they do best — helping the community.

Tammy Reid, Fabricare’s regional manager, says their three service centres are “bursting” with hundreds donations, which they have cleaned and packaged.

“They’re piled up all over the place.”

De Koning says Rotarians were “overwhelmed” with donations and he estimates they have about 500 to give away.

This year due to health restrictions only coats were being accepted — though some donors did drop off gloves and mits.

The initiative and partnership with Fabricare that began close to a decade ago through the District of Muskoka is complicated this year by the coronavirus.

Especially the distribution.

Reid says they’ve set aside space where Rotarians can direct families to the right rack to pick a coat.

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Fabricare in Gravenhurst has everything from faux furs to colourful parkas to choose from.