Coat drive helps local people in need stay warm

The cooler nights are upon us, soon to be followed by cooler days and cold nights. Here is your opportunity to make sure that nobody goes without such a basic necessity as a coat this winter.

The Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry, Inc. (ACCHH), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is collecting new and clean, gently used outerwear such as coats, jackets, sweatshirts and sweaters. Gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, sleeping bags, tents and blankets are also welcome. All shapes and sizes are needed, but the need is greatest for LARGE and EXTRA LARGE adult sized coats and jackets.

Bring your clean, gently used coats to the Alachua County Housing Authority, 703 N.E. 1st St. in Gainesville between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday. Coats will be accepted now through March 1, 2012. All donated coats will be distributed free of charge through Coalition member agencies to local people in need.

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