ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Salvation Army’s “Koats for Kids” collection begins Friday, September 20 through Sunday, October 20. The purpose of the 24th annual drive is to collect and distribute new and gently used winter coats to needy children living in Winnebago County. More than 36 collection bins and red huts are located throughout the community.
The goal is to collect and distribute 1,500 coats before the cold, winter weather arrives. To make this drive a success, The Army seeks a community-wide effort from both the private and business sectors to collect every warm coat possible. Last year 1,105 coats were given away along with 2,320 hats, scarves, and mittens.
“We expect the need for winter coats to be high,” said Salvation Army Winnebago County Coordinator, Major Steve Merritt. “I encourage people to check their closets now and see if there is a winter coat they can donate to a needy child, keeping in mind that many kids wear adult sizes. We want to make sure that everyone who needs a winter coat has one.”
Volunteers are needed for the sorting and hanging of donated coats on October 21, 22, and 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Salvation Army’s Social Service Center, 416 S. Madison Street, Rockford, IL. Signup online at www.ringbells.org or call the Volunteer Office at 815-962-7207.
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.