Salvation Army’s ‘Koats for Kids’ drive seeks to collect 1,500 coats by Oct. 19

Staff Report

The Salvation Army’s 25th Annual “Koats for Kids” collection began Friday, Sept. 19, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 19. The purpose of the drive is to collect and distribute new and gently-used winter coats to needy children living in Winnebago County. More than 36 collection bins are located throughout the community.

We expect the need for winter coats to be high,” said Salvation Army Winnebago County Coordinator, Major Steve Merritt. “I encourage people to check their closets now and see if there is a winter coat they can donate to a needy child, keeping in mind that many kids wear adult sizes. We want to make sure that everyone who needs a winter coat has one.”

The Salvation Army’s goal is to collect and distribute 1,500 coats before the cold, winter weather arrives.

Coats must be in good, wearable condition, clean, with buttons/zippers and no holes, tears or stains. The coats will be distributed, at no charge, directly to families who need a warm coat for this winter.

To receive coats, individuals must present proof of residence (i.e., photo ID, medical card, etc.). Distribution will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, at The Salvation Army’s Social Services Center, 416 S. Madison St., Rockford.

Volunteers are needed for the sorting, hanging and distribution of donated coats from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 20-22, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 23, at The Salvation Army’s Social Service Center, 416 S. Madison St., Rockford. Volunteers may sign up online at or call the Volunteer Office at (815) 972-1135, ext. 229.

Coat collection sites include the following: Central Christian Church, 6595 Guilford Road; First Evangelical Free Church, 2223 Mulford Road; Schnucks, 2206 Barnes Blvd.; Schnucks, 3134 11th St.; Schnucks, 4860 Hononegah Road, Rockton, Illinois; Schnucks, 2601 N. Mulford Road; Schnucks, 6410 E. State St.; Schnucks, 1810 Harlem Road, Loves Park, Illinois; Schnucks, 2642 Charles St.; Schnucks, 3150 N. Rockton Ave.; K-Mart, 1321 Sandy Hollow Road; Rockford Christian Schools — Elementary, 220 Hemlock Lane; Rockford Christian Schools — High School, 1401 N. Bell School Road; Steiner Electric Company, 6900 Rock Valley Pkwy.; Texas Roadhouse, 7240 Walton St.; The Salvation Army Temple Corps, 500 S. Rockford Ave.; Woodman’s Markets, 3155 McFarland Road; YMCA, 200 Y Blvd.; YMCA, 8451 Orth Road; Second Congregational/First Presbyterian Church, 318 N. Church St.; and CherryVale Mall, 7200 Harrison Ave.

From the Sept. 24-30, 2014, issue

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