TAYLOR COUNTY—The cool breeze of autumn has begun filling the air, and the delicately colored leaves have begun to fall, which means that before long, winter will arrive.
For some, staying warm in the cooler months may be difficult, and in an attempt to help those in need, local organizations are once again teaming up to help provide winter gear for residents.
“So often families don’t have the means to provide warm clothing for their families, so we decided we wanted to help out,” shared Cathy Coontz-Griffith, Executive Director of Taylor County Family Resources.
For the past couple of years, the Taylor County Collaborative Family Resource Network and the Taylor County Starting Points Family Resource Network (now Taylor County Family Resources) have been teaming up to gather and distribute coats and hoodies to help keep residents warm in the winter.
This year, they will join ranks with the United Way of Marion and Taylor Counties to extend their reach for the project. They will now be collecting cold weather gear through the organizations Warm Coats Warm Hearts Winter Clothing Drive.
Warm Coats Warm Hearts is the United Way’s community-wide winter outerwear drive that takes place annually.
Last year, the drive brought in more than 2,000 items that were used to help keep residents warm during the coldest months of the year.
“The need for winter coats or warmer jackets might not seem too great for some, but for others it is something they struggle to provide for themselves or their families,” revealed Coontz-Griffith.
The organizations are currently collecting new and gently worn winter coats, hats, scarves, mittens and gloves that will be distributed to residents in need. The organization is also asking for donations of boots, as well.
“We are asking for coats for the whole family,” shared Coontz-Griffith. “Any size, color or whether it is for a boy or girl, we will accept them!”
Locally, those wishing to donate items may choose from a number of collection sites to visit. The Mountain Statesman will be accepting items, as well as Mark Zeck-State Farm Insurance, Grafton Walmart, the Salvation Army and the Taylor County Family Resources office.
For those who may be traveling to Marion County and would like to make donations there, please visit Fairmont Federal Credit Union, the Times West Virginian, BC Bank, Town of White Hall, Disability Action Center, Cummins, Challenge Health and Fitness, Paton Insurance Group, the Soup Opera, and Connecting Link.
Additionally, collection sites are located at NASA, WV High Tech Foundation, Mon Power Headquarters, Rising Stars/RESET and, of course, the United Way.
If your business would like to become a collection site, which will be featured on the United Way of Marion and Taylor County’s Warm Coats Warm Hearts, www.unitedwaymtc.org/warm-coats-warm-hearts, please contact Emily Swain at [email protected].