Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary makes plea for more coats

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Shelly Birkelo
Thursday, October 10, 2013

JANESVILLE—With only four collection days left, the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary is making a plea for more coats.

“Normally we'll do over 115 loads of laundry (by this time in the annual collection) and we've not even done 40 with one week left,” said Lindi Paull, Coats for Kids co-chairwoman.

Auxiliary members also typically have 200 warm weather clothing items bagged and ready to go to the Salvation Army for distribution by now. So far this year, the group has only filled 70 bags, she said.

In addition, only 40 pairs of boots and 40 pairs of snow pants have been donated to date. That is in comparison to the usual 200 hundred pair of boots and 150 pairs of snow pants.

"We're almost across the board down by two-thirds,” compared to the previous 12 years, Paull said.

“We've just not had hardly anything (donated),” she said.

That worries Paull, who can't think of any reason why people wouldn't donate to this cause that helps low-income adults and children throughout north Rock County.

The collection, which ends with a Saturday, Oct. 26, distribution date, has been widely publicized.

Paull could only venture to guess that donations have decreased because of the warm weather. Still, she said: “We've had good weather before, but we've never had anything like this.”

Since collection barrels will be picked up Monday afternoon from more than 60 sites throughout Rock County, the auxiliary asks that warm clothing items, including coats, be dropped off at Dan's Creston Park Laundry, 1603 Randolph Road.

“We'll be there from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Thursday and from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday,” Paull said.

Paull said the auxiliary served almost 700 people with coats and other warm winter wear last year. But “we don't have coats for that many people this year,” she said.

“It's not a panic situation,” Paull said. “We still have faith God will give us what we need. It's just scary because I've done this for 12 years and it's never been like this.”

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