Chamber prepares for annual coat drive

By Laura Deans - Contributing columnist

By Laura Deans

Contributing columnist

The Coat Closet Project began in 2010 as a program to assist those in need each winter. The coats are donated by individuals and organizations, and dispersed through a variety of partnerships throughout Sampson and surrounding counties. While the majority of the families served are residents of Sampson County, the project will assist any family that requests a coat from this initiative. The Chamber Coat Closet’s goal is to meet the needs of families who are not financially able to provide warm coats for themselves and their children.

The Chamber Coat Closet is committee run by Chamber Members that volunteer to assist in this program. We thank each committee member and their willingness to assist with this project. Throughout the few years, so much has been accomplished because of their willingness to serve and assist; we thank them for their organization and dedication to this project. It is hard to believe it is time to begin thinking about this year’s signature project.

The 2015 Coat Closet will be the sixth year of this signature project. Throughout the first five years, over 6,300 coats have been collected and distributed. Last year, 2014, we were able to continue to give the gift of warmth with the collection and distribution of 1,249 coats. These coats were distributed within Sampson, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett and surrounding counties. The Chamber Coat Closet was truly a joint effort and very rewarding experience.

Again, this year will be the 6th Annual Coat Closet Signature project. The Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce looks forward to the involvement of the community to assist the committee with collecting and distributing coats for such a strong need. This is truly a community effort in which we are accomplishing the mission that we “unite those that realize that through the Chamber, they can accomplish collectively what no one of them can do individually.” We encourage you to give us a call at (910) 592-6177 if you have coats you would like to donate.

We are very excited about the 2015 Signature Coat Closet project and we thank you in advance for your generosity and support of this project. Exciting opportunities and growth is to come, which could not be accomplished without your strong support.

Laura Deans is executive director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce.

Laura Deans is executive director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce.

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