Coats for Kids success shows need is still there

The local Coats for Kids campaign had a record-breaking year for collections, and although distribution ends this week, we want to remind people that help is still out there.

The cold months are really just beginning and while we’re happy so many coats have been received by families in need, let’s not get complacent. Keep an eye out for anyone who may be in need of warmer layers and may not know where to go. Many of the remaining coats from the Coats for Kids campaign are being given to area food pantries and to Marietta’s Salvation Army. Those sites can be contacted if you’re in need or know someone else who is.

Don’t go cold or allow a neighbor or acquaintance to.

For those who have given this year, we are grateful. However, let’s not lose steam when next year’s collection bins go out just because this year was so impressive. And let’s continue to think of ways to help. There are helpers in some communities who leave coats in public spaces for anyone who may need it but might be embarrassed to ask. For several years, there has been a rack at 250 Front St. set up by the Barken Meizlish law firm, encouraging people to take or leave a coat.

Just because the biggest push may be over, let’s not forget there is more help to be given.