The Caring Center will kick off its 25th annual community coat drive, which will continue to Oct. 31.
Children’s coats is again the focus this year, said Theresa Hanners of The Caring Center. Last year around 300 coats were collected, and Hanners hopes to collect that many again this year.
“Since we had such a mild winter last year, I think it will hit this year and it will be cold,” Hanners said.
So the goal this year is to gather warm winter coats, not jackets or light-weight coats. New coats may be dropped off at The Caring Center, 1230 Ransdell Court, Lebanon. Used coats may be dropped off at Royal Cleaners, 503 W. Main St., Lebanon, where they will be cleaned and delivered to The Caring Center.
Royal Cleaners has been partnering with The Caring Center for all of the 25 years of this program, Hanners said.
“They have cleaned thousands of coats,” she said. “We are really thankful they are able to continue to do this, because it is expensive.”
This year, the center is running lower on girls’ coats than boys’ coats, which is strange, Hanners said. Normally the opposite is true.
Coats may be donated to the center at all times of the year, Hanners said. The center will also be collecting snow pants and blankets. People are already requesting blankets from the center because the cost of heating a home is so high.
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