The 2015 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac predicts below-normal temperatures for the majority of the country — including the northeast. More specifically, the eastern states can expect an active storm track with several storms producing heavy snow and rain. Predictions of another frigid winter means now is the time to clean out closets and donate new or gently used winter coats for local families in need.
To help those families in the Pioneer Valley, the local Salvation Army has launched its annual “Coats for Kids” campaign.
According to statistics, the Springfield, Mass., distribution count is 233 families in need of 740 coats, while Westfield, Mass., distribution count is approximately 50 families in need of 150 coats. In Northampton, the number of families in need is unknown but about 80 coats are needed. Additionally, 60 adult coats are needed to be distributed to the homeless through the Friends of the Homeless initiative.
Last year, the Coats for Kids ran out of coats and the Salvation Army wrote 32 clothing vouchers for an additional 32 families in Springfield.
This year, Market Mentors is once again partnering with a host of businesses and organizations in Western Massachusetts — including presenting sponsors Berkshire Bank, Belmont Laundry and Fireside Design, and media sponsors CBS 3 Springfield, 94.7 WMAS and Sports Radio 1450 The Hall — to keep kids and their families warm. We are just one of a number of drop spots in the region where new or gently used winter coats that have been outgrown or unworn can be donated. Stop by our office on Capital Drive in West Springfield to drop off your coat today!
Other sponsors include A.W. Gifford, Inc., Ambiance Creative Hair Solutions, America’s Box Choice, Berkshire Heating and Air Conditioning, Brain Balance Achievement Centers, City Tire, Curry Printing, Eastfield Mall, Finyl Vinyl, Fuel Services, Inc., Garden’s Dream Farm, Hampden Zimmerman, Kens’ Eyewear, Inc., Ludlow Heating and Cooling, Inc., Luso Federal Credit Union, Planet Fitness, Premier Source Credit Union, Pride, Shop Rite and The Body Shop. Many of these businesses will serve as convenient drop-spots; locations where people can drop off donated coats. For more information, visit salvationarmycoatsforkids.com.
The Coats for Kids drive ends Monday, Oct. 27. Qualified families can register and receive coats Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Salvation Army facility on Pearl Street in downtown Springfield.