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Salvation Army coat drive kicks off, with plea for children's sizes


Starting now, you can help to ensure everyone in west Michigan stays warm this winter.

The Salvation Army of Kalamazoo is kicking off its Share the Warmth coat drive.

For more than 20 years, the organization has been giving away coats to those in need each fall.

This year, they're hoping to collect more than 1,300 coats for people in need and they're looking for new or gently used adult and children's coats of all sizes.

We all know how brutal Michigan winters can be, especially for kids who have to walk to school or wait for the bus. Those at the Salvation Army tell Newschannel 3 that last year they ran out of children's coats and want to make sure they get enough of them this year.

"We always run short. For every adult one coat that we give out we always have a need for two or three children's sizes. So, for folks that are willing to make that type of donation please keep in mind that we really really need children’s sizes,” said Tim Summers, the development director, at the Salvation Army of Kalamazoo.

For those in need, starting Oct. 8, you can visit the Salvation Army to get a coat voucher and set up an appointment time to receive one of the coats that will be given away.

The coat giveaway will happen Nov. 9 at the Salvation Army on Burdick Street.

Anyone who wants to donate can visit one of the 35 drop-off locations, from Oct. 1-31, including right here at Newschannel 3.