"Koats for Kids" Drive Kicks Off

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STATELINE (WIFR) – A local charity needs our help making sure needy kids have a way to stay warm.

Today the Salvation Army kicked off its 24th Annual “Koats for Kids” drive. This year, they hope to collect 1,500 warm winter jackets, hats, scarves and mittens. All you have to do is check your closet, maybe you’ve got a couple of coats your kids have outgrown and bring your donation to any local Schnucks store or the CherryVale Mall between now and October 20th.

Below is a list of other collection sites in the area:

Central Christian Church 6595 Guilford Rd
First Evangelical Free Church 2223 Mulford Rd
Schnucks 2206 Barnes Blvd
Schnucks 3134 11th St
Schnucks 2514 S Alpine Rd
Schnucks 1715 Rural St
Schnucks 4860 Hononegah Rd
Schnucks 2601 N Mulford Rd
Schnucks 6410 E State St
Schnucks 1810 Harlem Rd
Schnucks 2642 Charles St
Schnucks 3150 N Rockton Ave
K-Mart 1321 Sandy Hollow Rd
Rockford Christian Schools- Elementary 220 Hemlock Ln
Rockford Christian Schools- High School 1401 N Bell School Rd
Steiner Electric 6900 Rock Valley Parkway
Texas Roadhouse 7240 Walton St
The Salvation Army Temple Corps 500 S Rockford Ave
Woodman’s Foods 3155 McFarland Rd
YMCA 200 Y Boulevards
YMCA 8451 Orth Rd
Second Congregational/First Presbyterian Church 318 N Church
CherryVale Mall 7200 Harrison Ave

Coats must be in good wearable condition, clean, with buttons/zippers and no holes, tears or stains. The coats will be distributed at no charge, directly to anyone who needs a warm coat for this winter. In order to receive coats, individuals must bring proof of those living in the home (for example, photo ID, medical card, etc). Distribution will be on Thursday, October 24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Salvation Army’s Social Services Center, 416 S. Madison Street, Rockford, IL.

Volunteers are needed for the sorting, hanging, and distribution of donated coats on October 21, 22, and 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m and on October 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The Salvation Army’s Social Service Center, 416 S. Madison Street, Rockford, IL. Sign up online at www.ringbells.org or call the Volunteer Office at 815-962-7207.

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