Donations being accepted for Coats for Kids Drive


Each year the Coats for Kids drive keeps kids warm during the winter season and there continues to be a need each year.

The Coats for Kids drive helped keep over 400 kids warm last year here in our community.

Dave Hirner who is with Reliable Pest Solution said there is always a need for coats, gloves, hats, anything to keep a child warm during the winter season.

“If you’ve gone through your closets and you find things you just don’t wear anymore, but are still in good condition, just because you might not think it’s a good item for you to wear anymore, man, some kids going to need that and it’s going to help keep them warm this winter,” said Hirner.

Laura Keck, the Altrusa Coat Drive chair, said growing kids need a new coat every year in order to stay warm during the winter season. She said kids are proud and excited to get and wear the coats, no matter what their economic status is.

“Literally we have had kids squeal for joy in the room we are giving out the coats,” said Keck. “They run around, they show all of their friends, their cousins, their moms, their grandmas, their grandpas their coat and they’re so proud of that coat and to be able to wear it.”

You can drop off your new or gently used items in the box at Farm and Home Supply in Quincy, Hannibal, Pittsfield, Keokuk locations through October 21. All sizes including children sizes and adult sizes are needed.

Coats will be distributed on October 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Masonic Temple at 428 Jersey St. in Quincy.

Chelsea Smith

Chelsea Smith

Meteorologist Chelsea Smith is part of the WGEM Storm Track Weather team.

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