Coat drive hopes to warm up Athens County

September 17, 2015

With winter just around the corner, it's time to break out the heavy coats ... for those that have one. Athens County Job and Family Services is partnering with Athens County Children Services for the first-ever Warm Up Athens County Coat Drive.

“It’s not uncommon for adults to come into our office in the dead of winter with no coat on,” said Arian Smedley,community relations coordinator with Athens County JFS. “Children will come in wrapped in a blanket. It’s a sad state of affairs that our system does not provide enough to cover a person’s every day needs. But that is the reality. We know the need goes beyond coats and our clientele. Community members can play a key part in helping to provide some relief.”

Winter gear in the closet may not fit or you may not want to have it any longer. Both agencies encourage donating that coat to the program.

“We are so excited to be partnering with JFS on this important project,” said Robin Webb, public relations coordinator for Athens County Children Services. “Our staff sees this need on a daily basis during the colder months and we are very grateful for the businesses that have generously agreed to host a donation box. Currently, Kroger in Athens, The Market on State, and the Community Bank locations in Amesville, Nelsonville, and Glouster all have donations boxes set up. We hope that once word spreads about this project, more businesses will offer to host a donation box in their location,” Webb added.

New and gently used coats will be collected through the end of September. All sizes are needed. Monetary donations can be made to Athens County Children Services. All coats will be professionally dry cleaned by Ambassador Laundries.

Drop off new or gently used coats at any of the following locations:

Kroger, 919 E. State St., Athens from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.Nelsonville Community Bank, 873 Chestnut St., Nelsonville from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Amesville Community Bank, 25 State St., Amesville from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Glouster Community Bank, 42 Toledo St., Glouster from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.The Market on State, 1002 E. State St., Athens from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Monetary donations can be made to Athens County Children Services, P.O. Box 1046, Athens, Ohio 45701. Add "COATS" in the memo line.

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