You can offer warmth to someone this winter by donating a new or gently used coat or winter accessory to Junior Auxiliary. The organization is gearing up for its annual giveaway Nov. 2.
“This service is free to the community,” said JA chairperson Marcy Bolding. “We collect coats and winter-weather accessories all year round and provide them free of charge.”
Drop-off sites are: Security Federal banks, Tiaras and Tadpoles, Children’s Advocacy Center, Supreme Building Products, McMinnville Drug Center, Dr. Timothy Fisher’s office, and Dr. Bryan Chastain’s office.
“We will be glad to come and pick them up from anyone as well,” said Bolding.
Junior Auxiliary began offering this service about 15 years ago after organization members received requests by teachers and guidance counselors to help students coming to school during frigid temperatures without a coat. Bolding says the need in the community is great.
“Most of the families we tend to see needing our assistance fall in a low socioeconomic criteria,” she said. “One or both parents have been displaced from their job. It’s a single parent trying their best to make ends meet, or the family has simply fallen into hard times. Whatever the situation is, they need our assistance to provide warm clothing for their children.”
Filling a need is rewarding for JA members.
“This has become a favorite service project for our members because we see first hand the positive impact we have on the families we serve,” said Bolding. “Through continuous donations from local businesses and the community, we usually distribute 400 to 500 coats per year along with a few scarves, toboggans, hats and gloves.”
If individuals in need of a coat are unable to attend this year’s event, they can contact any JA member for assistance.
“We assist families with coats and/ or winter accessories throughout the year, so if for some reasons they cannot attend the event, they can contact any JA member and we will be glad to help them,” said Bolding.
The annual coat giveaway is scheduled for Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon at Three Star Mall in the old Bookland location.
For more information or to have items picked up, call Bolding at 931-273-5294.