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Coats for the Community offers free winter clothes
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Junior Auxiliary of McMinnville is gearing up for another day of helping people stay warm this winter by providing free coats Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon at Three Star Mall.
Coats for the Community is a service project that provides coats and other cold-weather accessories to community members in need. Last year over 300 coats and items, such as hats, sweats, socks and sweaters, were handed out.
Junior Auxiliary member Paige Chastain says the coat giveaway warms her heart.
“We saw so many moms, dads, grandparents and children come through to pick out coats to help keep them warm. Getting to see the faces of the people we are helping is one of the reasons Coats for the Community is one of our more popular service projects.”
While the event’s main focus is about keeping a body warm, they don’t forget the mind. In years past there has been a book giveaway in addition to the coat giveaway. According to Chastain, a change has been made.
“Instead of giving away books, we will be helping parents sign their children up for the Books from Birth program,” said Chastain. “Books from Birth is an amazing program that has a wonderful impact on the lives of children in our community. We are honored to help bring this program to more individuals.”
Books from Birth provides free books to every child in the state of Tennessee. Children from birth to age 5 are eligible to receive books at no cost to families, regardless of income. However, parents must sign their children up for the program.
Coats and other items are donated by the community and local businesses. The giveaway location is provided by the mall.
“We would like to thank Three Star Mall for graciously opening their doors to us,” said Chastain. “They provide us with a fantastic location that provides us enough room to hold this wonderful event. We would also like to thank Walmart for its donation and support. The ladies of Junior Auxiliary are incredibly grateful for the continued support we receive from this wonderful community and are honored to be able to give back through service projects like this one.”
Coats, and other giveaway items, will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.