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Collecting coats for kids who don’t have them

Submitted by on September 16, 2020 – 12:30 amNo Comment

Temperatures are already starting to head south, and it’s only a matter of time before residents of northeast Michigan start unpacking fall and winter coats for the upcoming seasons.

The Salvation Army of Alpena wants to make children who come from families that can’t afford new coats and other cold weather gear are also kept warm during the winter months.

The agency has begun to collect new or clean and gently used coats, scarfs, hats, gloves, boots, and snow pants of all sizes. Officials say that due to COVID – 19 and the financial issues it has caused, the demand for winter wear will likely be greater this season. Last year there was a struggle to provide larger sizes for kids.

Residents can drop off items at the Salvation Army offices off N. Second Avenue Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Financial donations will also be accepted.

Winter gear will be collected through Friday, October 16. Items will be handed out to families in need on Tuesday, October 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church building across from the office.

For questions call 358-2769.