Humid summer days have been replaced by a slight nip in the air as fall has arrived. The falling temperatures are a sign of cooler weather to come and Jennifer Barrickman wants local residents to be prepared.
That’s why she’s organizing a coat drive for the second year in a row called Coats for the Cold.
“We gave away 200 coats last year in addition to giving coats to anyone at Generations who needed one,” said Barrickman. “We hope to give away at least that many again this year. We’ve collected about 100 coats so far.”
Coats will be accepted all this week at four locations around town – Kroger, Kidd Ford, The Landing, and Beersheba Towers. Barrickman requests the coats be in good condition.
Coats for men, women and children will be accepted until Saturday. The coats will then be sorted for distribution Oct. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Best Western.
“I don’t think there are enough people interested in doing good things for other people,” said Barrickman on her reason for organizing the coat drive. “We’re all in this together. We need to help each other out if we can.”
Barrickman said she never thought there was such a need for coats until she began collecting them last year. If she should have any surplus coats, she says she will ask various school officials if they know of any families in need.
“Some people won’t ask for help,” she said. “I never thought there would be this much need, but you don’t know what will surprise you.”
For more information, Barrickman may be reached at 607-7177.