United Way: Need for coats this year greater than everPublished 11:35am Wednesday, October 31, 2012
United Way of Otter Tail County is urging the community to help children in need stay warm this year.
Donations of new or gently used coats, winter hats, mittens and boots are being requested from the public by the United Way as part of their “Coats for Kids” campaign.
The Fergus Falls Elks Lodge #1093 is partnering in the UW drive, with their “Warm Coats for Warm Hearts” campaign. In addition to outerwear, the Elks will accept good used or new winter clothing.
Rainbow Dry Cleaners will accept gently used coats or winter clothing for both campaigns, clean the items free of charge and deliver them to United Way for distribution.
Lake Region Health Care is participating by having clothing donation boxes available at various sites. LRHC has collected 66 coats and numerous other pieces of winter clothing in addition to making a cash donation to the Elks “Warm Coats for Warm Hearts” campaign.
Walmart and Herbergers are also helping to keep kids warm this season. Walmart has donated 2,000 new hats and mittens. Herbergers has donated $1,800 worth of coats and hats.
New clothing donations can be dropped off at United Way of Otter Tail County, 120 East Washington Ave., Fergus Falls, or the Elks Lodge, 20970 Elks Point Road, Fergus Falls.
Used items should be dropped off at Rainbow Cleaners located at 112 Washington Ave in Fergus Falls.
For more information, call the United Way office at 218-736-5147.