Salvation Army gets more donations to make coat drive successful
JANESVILLE, Wis. — Hundreds of people took home warm coats, hats and gloves from the Salvation Army on Saturday.
As part of the annual Coats for Kids drive, families were able to come in and pick out winter clothes items for adults and children.
“The children need them. They need those warm coats, and we’ve seen quite a few adults come through this year that need a real warm coat,” said Diane Barry, a volunteer at the Salvation Army in Janesville.
Earlier in the week, volunteers said donations for this year’s drive were the lowest they had seen . Luckily, the community stepped up.
“We got a lot more donations at, like, the last minute, but we did get quite a few donations,” Barry said. “So it did work out really good. The community came around again.”
If the Salvation Army didn’t get enough donations, volunteers would have had to go out and buy some of the items they needed with donation money left over from the year before. Barry said with the extra donations that came in, they were able to save that money.
Extra donations left over from the drive will either be packed up and stored for next year or taken down to the Salvation Army in Beloit for its coat drive Nov. 1-2.
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