Coats for Kids anticipates greater need this year, makes plea for donations
JANESVILLE The Janesville Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary is expecting a 30 percent increase in the need for warm clothing items from its free annual Coats for Kids giveaway.
The auxiliary is concerned the project won't be able to meet the need, said Lindi Paull, co-chairwoman. That concern stems from the loss of traditionally large contributions from employees of the General Motors plant, which is now closed, and Sanford Business to Business, which is moving its Janesville operation out state.
The project kicked off Monday when collection barrels were placed at these locations, where they will remain through Tuesday, Oct. 20.
They can be found in Janesville at:
-- Dan's Creston Park Laundry, 1603 Randolph Road.
-- Daniels' Sentry, 2822 E. Milwaukee St.
-- ShopKo, 2500 Highway 14.
-- Hedberg Public Library, 316 S. Main St.
-- Kmart, 2233 Humes Road.
-- Choice Cleaners, 610 E. Memorial Drive, 1926 E. Milwaukee St., and 2919 N. Lexington.
-- Logli Markets, 1501 Creston Park Drive,
-- Sentry Food Store, 2501 W. Court St.
-- Pick 'n Save, 1717 Center Ave.
-- Curves for Women, 1800 Humes Road.
-- Family Video, 5 S. Harmony Drive.
-- Woodman's Food Market, 2819 N. Lexington Drive.
-- Walmart SuperCenter, 3800 Deerfield Drive.
In Edgerton at:
-- Piggly Wiggly, 1211 N. Main St.
In Milton at:
-- Piggly Wiggly, 727 S. Janesville St.
Nearly-new and clean children and adult-size winter coats, snow pants, hats, mittens/gloves, boots, sweatshirts and fleece items will be accepted. Donations will be washed or dry cleaned and given away at no cost to children in need in northern Rock County.
Adult dress coats, coats with broken zippers and lightweight and summer clothing will not be accepted.
Distribution of the winter clothing items will take place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Salvation Army Community Center, 514 Sutherland Ave., Janesville.
Proof of residency is required and parents must be present with children at the time of distribution to ensure proper sizing.
To volunteer for the community project or get more information, call project co-chairwomen Paull at (608) 754-1510 or Gretchen Hunsader at (608) 756-0196.