The last day for collection of coats for the annual Chamber Coat Drive is quickly approaching.
Coats will be collected until Monday, Nov. 30, at any of the drive drop-off site locations.
According to Laura Deans, former executive director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce, the drive is going well, with more than 600 coats collected.
“Coat collection is going great,” Deans said. “We have emptied some boxes throughout the drop off locations. So as far as the collection goes, we are rocking it.”
The Chamber has worked hard at encouraging others to donate coats this winter.
“When you tell someone that you are giving the gift of warmth this year, Sampson County always pulls together,” Deans said.
This is the 6th annual Chamber Coat Drive, with collection beginning Nov. 1 and continuing throughout the month of November, with donations ending Nov. 30. Over the last five years, since the implementation of the drive, the Chamber has been able to collect and distribute more than 6,300 coats. Last year alone, there were 1,250 coats collected.
According to Deans, the coat drive is an excellent way for the community to get involved in giving back and help someone who may be in need.
“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,” Deans said. “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.”
Coats can be dropped off at one of the drop off sites located throughout Sampson County. Participating sites can be found at www.clintonsampsonchamber.org.
The Chamber accepts new or gently used coats as a donation. Deans said coats of all sizes are accepted. The Chamber does a lot of distribution with the local schools, so Deans said the Chamber likes to get more coats for children.
According to Deans, 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. Coats have been distributed in Cumberland, Harnett and Duplin counties throughout the years.
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