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Coats for Kids kicks off in Huntsville

The WHRP/WAAY 31 Coats for Kids drive starts Thursday, November 15th. Several collection sites will be throughout the area.

Posted: Nov 12, 2018 11:35 AM
Updated: Nov 16, 2018 4:27 PM

With cold, winter weather quickly approaching in the Tennessee Valley, many people are in need of warm coats. Members of the community are asked to donate new or lightly used coats of all sizes starting on Thursday and until Sunday. WAAY 31 is a proud co-sponsor of Coats for Kids, alongside WHRP. Infants through ages 19-years-old will be given the donated coats. Coats for Kids donations started piling in Thursday at the first donation site, The Exchange at Redstone Arsenal.

"I just like to give. To be able to give, that's a blessing in itself," said Dawnita Wilburn, who donated a bag of coats.

Wilburn was one of the first to donate a bag of coats during the first day of the coat collection. She's been donating gently used coats for the last 5 years.

"Other than the fact that people need them, it cleans out my closet, cause I'm buying coats every year, so why not?" said Wilburn.

Coats for Kids is a 4-day donation drive organized by WHRP's Toni Terrell, who stays overnight at the different donation sites to help raise awareness for the need.

"It's not always about people who are poor in a tax bracket, or they just don't have the means. There's different situations for everyone, and we're just here to help," said Terrell.

After the donation drive ends, the coats get sent to different agencies, like the Harris Home for Children, to give them out to those who need them.

"It's important that the children have warm coats," said Terrell.

The following is the schedule for the donation points: 

Thursday, November 15th, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. - Redstone Arsenal, Main Exchange 

Friday, November 16th, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. - Redstone Arsenal, Main Exchange 

Saturday, November 17th, 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. - Copeland Cleaners, 2330 Meridian St., Huntsville

Saturday, November 17th, 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. - Walmart, 8650 Madison Blvd., Madison

Sunday, November 18th, 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. - Walmart, 8650 Madison Blvd., Madison

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