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Junior Auxiliary members who worked last year’s Coats for the Community event are, from left, Dana Grissom, Lyndsey Cook, Becky Collier, Marylee Merritt-Boyd, Samantha Harvey, Felicia Young, Wesley Cook, Kara Hurst, Julie Carr and Suzy Casey.

Both warm coats and warm hearts will be at the Coats for the Community event where jackets, coats and other warm clothing items will be available for those in need as the fall and winter months approach.

The Junior Auxiliary of McMinnville and the Family Resource Center are holding the event at the Bobby Ray Elementary School gym this Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 to 11 a.m.

“We have held several of these coat drives over the years. This is an annual event benefitting the community,” says Junior Auxiliary member Sarah Carr. “We will be giving books to children, and scarves, hats and hoodies will also be available for those needing these items.”

Coats for the Community is a joint effort between all of the Rotary clubs of McMinnville, the Family Resource Center and Junior Auxiliary. All of the coats and accessories are thoroughly cleaned and sorted before being given to the public.

Junior Auxiliary member Dana Grissom states approximately 300 coats were given away last year, along with 100 accessories, including gloves, scarves, hats and other warm items. Each child that came was given a free book. Close to 500 coats and hoodies, as well as hundreds of accessories, will be available this year. 

Coats for the Community is free and open to the public. There are items in every size and style for males, females, children and adults. Each person is limited to one coat to ensure there are enough for everyone in attendance.

Junior Auxiliary of McMinnville currently has 19 members with 12 additional incoming members. 

“We are a community, and a community takes care of one another. Sometimes life is harder for some people, and we work to help each other,” says Grissom.

Although the time to donate items to Coats for the Community for this year is over, the Family Resource Center is accepting donations at all times. Clothing, beds, household products, bedding, sanitary and hygiene items, books and more are always needed. If interested in donating to the center, call 931-507-5180.