Coats for Kids needs donations

As we ease into the month of December temperatures will no doubt turn colder. We want to make sure every child in Washington County has a warm winter coat to wear.

As a sponsor of the annual Coats for Kids campaign, we hope readers will donate gently used or new coats, kids sizes 4 to 16 and adult sizes. Distribution of coats began this week and will continue through Dec. 14 at the former Dime Bank building in downtown Marietta. Coats can be dropped off at any of several locations around Marietta and Belpre and beyond. We urge you to check your closets and lost and founds to see if you have coats to donate to this effort.

Donations have been slow at the start, but it’s hoped that once the temperatures drop more people will think of donating coats, hats, mittens and gloves. It’s a sure bet colder weather will result in more people in need coming to pick up such items. We hope we can meet the demand.

About 90 coats were given away this past Tuesday, the first day of distribution. Hours to pick up coats are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday through Dec. 14. Donated coats may be dropped off at the following locations through Dec. 11:

– All Peoples Bank locations in Marietta, Belpre and Reno.

– Marietta City elementary schools and middle school.

– Washington State Community College, main entrance.

– Marietta Kroger

– Washington Electric Co-op.

– The O’Neill Center.

– The Marietta Times.

– Mancan, downtown Marietta.

Thanks to the RSVP volunteers who clean, sort and distribute the coats each year and our fellow sponsors, Washington Electric Co-Op, Washington-Morgan Community Action, Promanco, Peoples Bank and Mancan.

For years, the Washington County Coats for Kids campaign has been providing warm coats to those in need. With your help, we hope to continue to do so for years to come.