Salvation Army auxiliary collecting winter apparel
Thanks to the generosity of area businesses and schools, the growing number of those in need will have their pick of warm apparel as winter quickly approaches.
“We had a lot of businesses sign up for barrels last year—20 to the 40—and this year added four, which is about our limit,” said Lindi Paull, who along with Gretchen Hunsader is co-chairing the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s annual Coats for Kids drive.
Monday, 64 barrels were distributed at collection sites throughout northern Rock County. They will remain in place until Monday, Oct. 18, Paull said.
The Coats for Kids program collects nearly new and clean child- and adult-size winter coats, snow pants, hats, mittens/gloves, boots, sweatshirts and fleeces. Adult dress coats, coats with broken zippers, and lightweight and summer clothing will not be accepted.
Distribution is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Salvation Army Community Center, 514 Sutherland Ave. Proof of residency is required, and children must be present at the time of distribution.
More than 5,000 warm clothing items were collected for the program in 2009. prompting auxiliary volunteers to wash more than 100 loads of laundry, Paull said.
The goal is to collect 1,000 more items this year “because we’ve heard we’ve got so many more people coming in,’’ she said.
Paull also wants people to know the Coats for Kids program gives coats to anyone.
“It started out as Coats for Kids but really now is coats for families and everyone,” she said. “Every age group has a need, and definitely the need will be greater this year.
“The meal site numbers are up at the Salvation Army, the number of vouchers going out for food and groceries is higher and employment hasn’t changed very much which feeds this whole program for those who don’t have anything or anywhere else to go.”
For more information or to volunteer for this Janesville Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary project, call Lindi Paull at (608) 754-1510 or Gretchen Hunsader at (608) 756-0196. Warm clothing items can be donated at collection barrel sites through Oct. 18.
Collections barrels can be found at these Janesville locations:
Dan’s Creston Park Laundromat, 1603 Randolph Road; East Side Sentry, 2822 E. Milwaukee St.; ShopKo, 2500 Highway 14; Hedberg Public Library, 316 S. Main St.; Kmart, 2233 Humes Road; Choice Cleaners at 610 E. Memorial Drive, 1926 E. Milwaukee St. and 2919 N. Lexington Drive; Logli Supermarket, 1501 Creston Park Drive; Sentry West, 2501 W. Court St.; Pick ‘n Save, 1717 Center Ave.; Curves for Women, 1800 Humes Road; Woodman’s Food Market, 2819 N. Lexington Drive; Walmart Supercenter, 3800 Deerfield Drive; Culver’s, 2633 Milton Ave.; The Janesville Gazette, 1 S. Parker Drive; and Walgreens Drug Stores at 1717 Milton Ave., 1740 Center Ave. and 2519 Kettering St.
Other drop-off locations include Edgerton at Piggly Wiggly, 1211 N. Main St., Edgerton, and Piggly Wiggly, 727 S. Janesville St., Milton.
Public schools accepting donations include all schools in the Janesville School District, Orfordville Parkview High School, Milton Middle School, Footville Elementary School and Orfordville Elementary School.
Distribution is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Salvation Army Community Center, 514 Sutherland Ave., Janesville. Proof of residency is required, and children must be present at the time of distribution.