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Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 02:10 am

COLLECTING COATS

Brrr! As another central Illinois winter approaches, one community organization is once again gearing up to give a little warmth to those in need.

Eastside Pride Citizens for a New Direction is planning its fifth annual coat drive for Saturday, Dec. 4. Held at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, at 908 S. Martin Luther King Dr., the drive will accept clean coats, hats, gloves and scarves from 9 a.m. until noon.

The items will be donated to students at Feitshans, Harvard Park, Matheny-Withrow and McClernand elementary schools as well as Washington and Jefferson middle schools. Contact Ministries and Helping Hands Homeless Shelter will also distribute donations to their clients.

“With the state of today’s economy and more and more people finding themselves without jobs, the need continues to increase,” says drive chairman Mike Williams.

Coats are also currently being collected at several locations throughout Springfield, including Genisis Barber Shop, Illinois Association of Minorities in Government, Lincoln Land Community College Springfield East, Party Creations, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Shear Excellence, Union Baptist Church, the volunteer center at University of Illinois Springfield and within several state offices.
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