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Rotary Clubs to bring coats to kids
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Although it’s still hot and humid right now, pretty soon the temperatures will drop. For many of us, that time can’t come soon enough, but many kids lack enough warm clothing to protect themselves through wintertime.

That’s why the Rotary Clubs of McMinnville have teamed with the Warren County Schools Family Resource Center and Junior Auxiliary in a joint project called Community Coats for Kids.

The project goal is to collect new or gently used coats for children in our community and distribute them through the Warren County Schools Family Resource Center located in the related arts building on the campus of Warren County Middle School.

Drop-offs can be made anytime during business hours to the following collection locations:

• Ben Lomand Telephone
• All WC School locations
• WC Schools Central Office
• Citizens Tri-County Bank – Shane Brock
• Creative Insight Counseling – Carrie Bilbrey-Farmer
• Smile Doctors – Deanna Travis
• Three Star Mall – Brook Holmes
• RSR Kitchen & Bath – Kris Pawlak

• Warren County Trustee – Darlene Bryant

This will be an ongoing project for children of all ages needing protection from winter’s harsh temperatures. Simply walk into any of the collection locations listed above and drop off the coats and they will be transported to the Family Resource Center before being distributed to kids in need.

“There’s always a need in our schools for coats in the winter,” said Director of Schools Bobby Cox. “I go into our schools and I see lots of coats in lost and found that remain unclaimed so we want to put those to good use too.  Basically, we want to make sure kids in our community have what they need.”

Cox also mentioned the Family Resource Center collects shoes, clothing and canned food as well.

If you have questions about the coat drive, would like to donate or become a collection location, contact either Bobby Cox at 668-4022 or Sigourney Younglove at the Chamber Of Commerce at 473-6611.