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Coats and cans: give 'em if you got 'em

Everybody needs a warm coat. And a warm meal. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

It's the usual holiday dilemma: you're out spending money on gifts for family and friends, and a little voice in the back of your head is telling you maybe the money is also needed elsewhere.

Welcome to one solution: the Alife "coat and can" charity drive.

The Vancouver chapter of New York street-wear giant Alife has partnered with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank on a charity drive that will run through Dec. 23 at its Wall Street shop.

The goal is to help families in need during the holiday season. Alife is offering a 30 per cent discount on any item or items in the store to anyone who brings in a coat and two non-perishable food items.

At the end of the drive, all donated coats will be distributed to the Salvation Army's Vancouver locations. Food wil head to the shelves of the food bank.

The company has asked that all donated coats be in fair, usable condition. Their suggestions for food include canned fish and meats, cans of hearty soups and stews, dried whole-wheat pasta and rice, canned fruit and veggies, macaroni and cheese, baby food and formula, baby diapers (especially larger sizes), canned beans, cereal, peanut butter and pasta sauces.

You can find more information on the charity drive here.

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