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Donated coats provide needed warmth
Junior Auxiliary of McMinnville will be holding its annual coat giveaway this Saturday. The event is being offered at the Chamber of Commerce. Pictured is Junior Auxiliary member Emily Stefanick during the 2015 giveaway.

Junior Auxiliary of McMinnville is gearing up for another day of helping people stay warm this winter by providing free coats this Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce.
The event has moved.
“Due to a scheduling conflict, we have moved Coats for the Community from our normal location at Three Star Mall to the Chamber of Commerce Community Room,” said Junior Auxiliary member Paige Chastain. “We would like to thank Mandy Eller and the rest of the Chamber of Commerce staff for graciously opening their doors to us.”
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, socks and sweaters were distributed.
Chastain says the coat giveaway warms her heart.
“Coats for the Community is by far one of our favorite service projects. Each year through this service project we provide a much-needed service to the citizens of Warren County. Every year we see 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 favorites.”
Coats and other items, which are donated by the community and local businesses, will be given away. The items are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The event will also be an opportunity for parents to sign up their children for Books from Birth.
“Instead of giving away books, we will be helping parents sign their children up for Books from Birth,” said Chastain. “Books from Birth is an amazing program that has an incredible impact on the lives of children."
The Chamber is located on Court Square.