By DUANE NOLLEN
The Oskaloosa Herald
Temperatures are starting to drop and it’s time once more for the United Way Winter Coat Drive at The Klothes Kloset at the New Hope Community Center.
The United Way and The Klothes Kloset are teaming up to collect warm winter clothing for needy families in the area.
“We’re in it right now. We’ve had donations already,” Klothes Kloset Manager Sabina De Jong said.
The Klothes Kloset is accepting donations of any winter outerwear — coats, hats, gloves and scarves.
“I’ve had quite a few people bring snow pants,” De Jong said. “In addition to coats, we have caps and gloves donated by the Girl Scouts.”
According to a recent 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 said The Klothes Kloset only has two garment racks for the donated clothing.
“If anyone has any garment racks that we can use for the duration of the coat drive, just give me a call at (641) 295-2701,” De Jong said.
De Jong says the need this is higher than in the past.
“We’ve already given away three dozen coats,” she said.
If anyone is interested in helping with the coat drive, they can call De Jong at (641) 295-2701.
Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org