Coat drive helps people in need stay warm

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The need has never been greater and it’s never been easier to make a difference in your community.  Here is your opportunity to make sure that nobody goes without such a basic necessity as a coat this winter.  
Girl Scout Troops in Marion County are collecting clean, gently used coats and jackets as part of the One Warm Coat community service project. Coats of all shapes and sizes are welcome. One Warm Coat is dedicated to distributing reusable coats, free of charge, directly to local children and adults.  The program is an easy way for you and your family to pass along coats and jackets that you no longer need.
The Girl Scouts have made donating a coat simple. Just bring your clean, gently used coats and jackets to The Marion County Public Library or most Lebanon banks during normal operating hours from Jan. 1 to Feb. 1. Deposit the coats in the designated boxes marked “One Warm Coat” and some of the boxes will have wrapping paper around them. The Girl Scouts will take care of the rest.  All donated coats will be given to the agency’s name for distribution to local people in need.
“More people than ever need help these days. I am proud of the thousands of coat drive organizers whose creativity and generosity of spirit are making a real difference in their own communities,” said Sherri Wood, president and national coordinator for One Warm Coat.
One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that supports and encourages coat drives.  It helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies that distribute the coats free to people in need.   More than one million coats have been provided to those in need at no cost since its inception in 1992.