First Posted: 11/24/2009
The holidays are often described as a season of giving and people at the Salvation Army are hoping that is exactly what will happen.
The Give a Kid a Coat campaign officially ends this Saturday, although coats will still be accepted beyond the deadline.
A Cleaner World stores across the region, including the one located on South Street, are accepting coat donations from the public to give to families in need. According to Cathy Poole, manager of the local business, the donations do not necessarily have to be new coats. She would prefer that the coats be in good condition, but the dry cleaners will clean and repair the coats before calling the Salvation Army to pick them up.
Wed like them to be in usable condition. Some people will go out and buy new coats, she said.
The Salvation Army is in charge of distributing the coats to those in need. The limit this year is one coat per person so the organization is keeping track of who stops by and the number of people in their households.
The campaign this year has not been as successful thus far as it has in the past. According to Poole, the local coat count last Friday was 618, below last years total. However, she expects to receive more donations this week and hopes to receive a large number on Saturday.
The idea behind the campaign is to provide an opportunity for everyone to have a coat during the winter months in order to stay warm.
Its important that everybody has a coat so people can stay warm during the winter. A lot of people dont have that now, said Poole.
This year has really slacked off. Some other people have picked up and tried to jump on the bandwagon collecting coats so maybe that has affected it, said Christy Rippey, social worker with the Salvation Army. I have more than 6,000 families that need assistance yearly. They have kids who dont get new coats. This is a way to get very nice coats for nothing. They can get some nice stuff.
The coats are being distributed from the Christmas warehouse behind the McDonalds on North Renfro Street on Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m. This weeks distribution will be a little different because of the holiday. According to Rippey, the Salvation Army will continue handing out coats as long as A Cleaner World is getting donations.
Contact Morgan Wall at [email protected] or 719-1929.