Donate a coat to keep a kid warm this winter

Snow on the ground is a grim reminder that winter is here while many in our community still lack a warm winter coat.

That’s where you come in. Coats are being collected right now as part of our annual Coats for Kids campaign. Collection barrels are in place throughout the community – at Peoples Banks locations, Marietta Middle School and grade schools and various businesses including The Marietta Times.

The coats will be collected through December and beginning Tuesday, Dec. 3, these coats will be distributed for free every Tuesday and Thursday through Dec. 19 at the Dime Bank building downtown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those coming to get coats are asked to use the Second Street entrance.

As many as 500 coats, sometimes more, are distributed each year, and we know the need continues this year.

Please drop off new or used coats of all sizes and donations of hats and gloves will be accepted, too. We need sizes infant to 18.

Our thanks to RSVP and the volunteers who sort the coats and work the Dime Bank building to distribute them. And our thanks to the following businesses and organizations who serve as collection points for the coats:

O’Neill Center

Mancan Inc.

Washington Electric Cooperative

Washington State Community College

Peoples Bank locations (Kroger Shopping Center, downtown, Second and Scammel Street, Frontier Shopping Center, Washington Blvd. locations in Belpre and Ohio 7 in Reno.)

Give a coat and keep a child warm this winter.