It is done. I went out last night after my first Team Weight Loss adventure and bought some goods for the coats for kids project. First I tried Dick's Sporting Goods and my eyes nearly fell out. The cheapest jacket I could find was $130 and it was really poorly constructed. Everything else was a "high performance" jacket costing $225 up to $375. That is a crock o' poo!! Crock o' poo! What kind of activity requires a high performance winter jacket? Nobody should work that hard in the snow and cold. Feh.
So then I went around the corner to Land's End and hit pay dirt. I picked up a beautiful hooded black down jacket for just under $100 (take that Dick!), a warm feeling skull cap type hat and some nifty gray gloves. I was a little afraid to ask the opinion of the cashier, who turned out to be 16, after my battery of criticism that I faced last year, but I did anyway. She thought a 16 year old boy would really like the ensemble I picked out. Hooray!
Thanks to all of you for the advice you gave me. It definitely pointed me in the right direction. A boy from family Robertson, child 4 of 6, will be warm this winter!