Coats for Kids Drive begins, runs until end of October

For the next two weeks, community members can help WLFI-TV and several area businesses collect jackets for this year's Coats for Kids campaign. (WLFI File Photo)
For the next two weeks, community members can help WLFI-TV and several area businesses collect jackets for this year's Coats for Kids campaign. (WLFI File Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — For the next two weeks, community members can help WLFI-TV and several area businesses collect jackets for this year’s Coats for Kids campaign.

News 18’s Krista Henery was at the Salvation Army on Monday and joined us on News 18 at Noon with Lt. Jessica Dahl to explain more about the drive, which starts today.

“They share their gently used or new, clean coats and other cold weather items with the rest of the community in need,” Dahl said. “It’s really neat.”

This is the sixth annual drive and last year the event helped deliver 1,400 coats to children in need.

“We call it Coats for Kids, but it’s also really for the whole family,” Dahl said.

The collection drive will run from Oct. 17 until Oct. 30.

“You can drop them [coats and winter apparel] off … at the Salvation Army, 1110 Union St,” said Dahl. “Just bring them in, let us know that, that’s what you’d like them used for, and then we’ll take care of it from there.”

Besides the Salvation Army, drop boxes can be found at other participating businesses:

  • Alcoa
  • La-Z-Boy
  • Pay Less Supermarkets (Lafayette and West Lafayette)
  • Wabash National
  • WLFI-TV

Distribution day will be held Nov. 5, 9 a.m.-noon, at the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy, 1100 Elizabeth St., in Lafayette.

But until distribution, the Salvation Army needs as many coats as possible. So do some fall cleaning, dig those items you don’t use out of your closets, and donate those coats to a good cause.