Local News

January 2, 2014

Winter coat drive continues

OSKALOOSA — The United Way Winter Coat Drive has helped many local, needy people this year and donations will be taken into the new year.

The United Way and The Klothes Kloset have teamed up to collect warm winter clothing for needy families in the area.

“We’ve given away 260 coats and about that many pairs of gloves and hats,” Klothes Kloset Manager Sabina De Jong said. “I think that’s pretty good. We’re grateful for all the donations.”

De Jong said the coat drive will run through the middle of January.

There is still a need for items such as donations of coats, hats, gloves and boots, she said.

“We still do need them,” De Jong said of donations. “We still have people come in every day. We have only one pair of boots left.”

According to a United Way online newsletter, “Any new or slightly used winter clothing item is accepted. We strongly encourage people to bring as many children’s and XL coats they have on hand as we typically have a shortage of these items every year.

“From now through the winter, items can be dropped of at any of the these locations: Bank Iowa, Curves, Fareway, Maple Ridge Assisted Living, MidWestOne Bank, New Direction, New Hope Community Center, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, William Penn University and YMCA.

“Items will be collected from the above locations weekly and will be available to take home from New Hope Community Center.”

“Our hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday,” De Jong said.

De Jong also said that volunteers have help get the clothing ready for the public.

“I have a couple who come almost every day,” she said.

“We appreciate the things people have done,” De Jong said.

Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com

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