The nights are drawing in and there are forecasts of a cold winter this year.
So one north-east charity is aiming to ensure that hundreds of local children living in poverty are warm on their walk to school in the coming months.
Cash for Kids has launched its annual Coats for Kids appeal to prepare for an anticipated 600 applications for children’s winter clothing vouchers.
In order to meet the expected demand, the Aberdeen-based charity needs to raise over £30,000 to fund the purchase of a warm winter coat, a pair of winter boots and a scarf, hat and gloves for every child to keep the winter chill away.
The appeal was initially launched after the organisation received a significant number of applications in its quarterly grant funding programme from families requesting funding to purchase winter clothing for their children.
Cash for Kids, which supports sick, disabled and disadvantaged children and young people under the age of 18 living in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, works with support workers, social workers and community groups to identify those children who are in need of new winter clothing.
The charity has struck a deal with a leading retailer to provide vouchers to the families in need.
These vouchers can then be redeemed against the purchase of children’s winter wear.
Michelle Ferguson, the charity's manager, said: “Winter is a time when family finances can become very stretched.
"There are an estimated 12,000 children in north-east Scotland living in poverty and some of their parents cannot afford to purchase warm winter clothing for their children.
"There are obvious health reasons why youngsters should be cosy when walking to school or playing outside in winter."
Michelle added: “In 2014, we were inundated with applications and expect similar high demand this year.
"We received an incredible response last year with a large number of public and corporate donations which enabled us to fulfil all applications.
"To do the same again this year would be tremendous, meaning that all of the children in north-east Scotland who may not otherwise be kitted out in warm winter clothing are ready for whatever winter can throw at them.”
Further information for anybody wishing to support this year’s Coats for Kids Appeal can be found here.