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'Coats for Kids' in Full Swing

by on November 16, 2012 1:16 PM

To ensure those in need receive a coat this winter, The Salvation Army of Centre County has once again launched Coats for Kids, an annual campaign to collect clothing items for people of all ages.

A partnership of the Salvation Army, 3WZ radio, Balfurd Cleaners and Mount Nittany Medical Center, the program launched on Nov. 9 and will go through Jan. 11, 2013, said Steve Williams, program and project manager at The Salvation Army of Centre County.

Through the program, new and slightly used coats and jackets are donated to various locations throughout the county, and then delivered to those in need.

“In 2011 we received approximately 900 coats and distributed approximately 700,” Williams said.

The program, which began three years ago, initially started to help kids, Williams said, but since has evolved into assisting all age groups.

Williams said all coats are distributed in Centre County. Leftover coats are put into storage and saved for the following year, he said. All types of coats are accepted.

“There are many people who work to make this program happen,” Williams said, “and without the folks at Balfurds, 3wz radio, The Salvation Army volunteers and employees (and) all the drop-off locations, the program would not happen and we would have friends and neighbors in need.”

The Salvation Army’s duty as part of the project is to work with clients and help them address the needs of the community, while Balfurds works out the logistics of pick-up cleaning and delivery to the distribution site, Williams said. The radio station is the “marketing arm” what has been able to identify and work with businesses that are drop-off points for donations, he said.

Williams said the main goal of this year’s campaign, as in years past, is to make sure all in need receive a coat.

“If we had to set a goal I would think we would want to match last year,” he said.

Coat donations will be accepted at various locations throughout Centre County. For more information about the Salvation Army of Centre County, or a complete list of donation locations, visit

Staff Writer at The Centre County Gazette
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