By C.D. DESALVO
The 21st annual coat drive collections have begun. Coats, hats and gloves in good condition that are outgrown or no longer worn are being accepted.
The greatest need is for children’s sizes, but all sizes are accepted. Donations will be accepted until Oct. 6.
Drop-off locations at both Hays McDonald’s locations, Master Cleaners and Top Notch Cleaners. Apparel also can be taken to any Hays school including through Sept. 28.
“We keep thinking that we are going to have a year where our donations are nothing because everyone has already been through their closets but, 21 years later, we still keep getting them in,” said Amy Smith of Top Notch Cleaners.
There are no income requirements for receiving coats — anyone in need can receive one.
Coats will be distributed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at Top Notch Cleaners and Master Cleaners. Those businesses will clean and repair items before distribution.
“If people want a kid’s coat, they need to be here before 10 a.m. on the 13th because all of the kid’s coats are gone within the first hour,” Smith said.
All items donated will be given away and any leftovers will go where they are needed most.