Auxiliary kicks off Coats for Kids collection
JANESVILLE Janesville Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary members began collecting Coats for Kids on Monday, and organizers believe demand for coats will be up this year.
"People maybe thought things were going to get better last year and didn't. So, now they're going to need our help,'' Salvation Army Maj. Ruth Fay said.
More than 180 families, including 255 adults and 396 children, were served through the Coats for Kids program last year, when 620 coats and more than 3,000 warm clothing items were given to those in need, said Lindi Paull, who will again co-chair Coats for Kids with Gretchen Hunsader.
"We are looking forward to serving many more families in need of winter clothing," Paull said.
They will accept nearly new and clean child- and adult-size winter coats, snow pants, hats, mittens, gloves, boots, sweatshirts and fleece for those in need in Janesville and northern Rock County through Monday, Oct. 15.
Adult dress coats, coats with broken zippers and lightweight and summer clothing will not be accepted as part of the collection.
The Salvation Army is combining its Coats for Kids distribution with its fall festival.
Both will be Saturday, Oct. 27, at Salvation Army headquarters, 514 Sutherland Ave.
Distribution of coats is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Everyone will be required to register and provide proof of residency. Children must be present to receive coats and warm clothing accessories.
Traditionally, the coat giveaway was held during the statewide teachers conference. But the Wisconsin Education Association Council is not having a teacher's convention this year.
So with kids in school, the weekday giveaway has been moved to the weekend.
"We want the children to come and be able to choose their coat," Fay said.
The Saturday distribution also will allow high school students who volunteer to act as interpreters to be present, she said.
The fall festival, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature food, tattoos, games, a dunk tank, candy and program by BB Angelo, a children's evangelism ministry.
"It's open to the public and is free, family, fall fun that will happen rain or shine," Fay said.
Salvation Army Coats for Kids collection barrels can be found at these locations:
-- Commercial Bank, 1400 Black Bridge Road.
-- Dan's Creston Park Laundry, 1603 Randolph Road.
-- Daniel's Sentry Food Store, 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 Drive.
-- Logli Supermarket, 1501 Creston Park Drive.
-- Sentry Food Store, 2501 W. Court St.
-- Pick ‘n Save, 1717 Center Ave.
-- Woodman's, 2819 N. Lexington Drive.
-- Walgreens Drug Store, 1717 Milton Ave., 1740 Center Ave., 1933 W. Court St., and 2519 Kettering St.
-- Piggly Wiggly, 1211 N. Main St.
-- Piggly Wiggly, 727 S. Janesville St.
- All Janesville elementary and middle schools
-- Orfordville Parkview High School
-- Orfordville Elementary School
-- Milton Middle School
-- Footville Elementary School