Coats for Kids: The Salvation Army teams-up with local agencies

Rack of baby and children used clothes. File

As fall all so quickly approaches, our door steps augurs the cold harsh winds that will soon replace summer's fun with fast strides to car doors.

A good winter coat is essential to survive the Western Edge's fall and winter months, and the Salvation Army wants to make sure that our most vulnerable are protected and buttoned up.

This September marks the beginning of The Salvation Army's annual “Coats for Kids” collection drive. They are asking the community for help through donations of winter coats and related items for families in need.

“Each year, The Salvation Army receives an increase in the number of requests for assistance,” Nancy Hoff, client representative of the Stark County Salvation Army Volunteer Service Unit, said. “There are significant costs associated with winter approaching and we are hoping for the continued generosity of area residents to take some of that burden off of mom and dad so they can help make winter a safer and more enjoyable experience for their kids.”

Donations can be dropped off at multiple local businesses including, Sax Motor Company which is located at 52 21st St. E. and Paradise Dry Cleaning and Laundry located at 1867 Sixth Ave. W. Paradise Dry Cleaning and Laundry will launder and clean all donations in keeping with their annual tradition.


Coats and other donated items will be available on a first come, first serve basis beginning Oct. 17, during the Project Community Connect event at the Professional Learning Lab located at 266 Third Ave. W., between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Those who would like to make a financial donation toward the purchase coats may mail a check to The Salvation Army, 2445 Prior Ave, Roseville, MN, 55113, or through online payments at Those opting to donate online should designate their donation as "Coats for Kids."

The Northern Division serves all 140 counties encompassing both Minnesota and North Dakota. Their services include providing food, shelter, clothing, youth programs and other critical services to more than 480,000 less-fortunate people every year. To volunteer with The Salvation Army or make a donation, call your local Salvation Army or visit

Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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