The current run of unseasonably warm weather won’t last forever, which is why the Ardmore Young Professionals and the Grace Center are teaming up to hold their annual coat drive.
This year’s coat drive starts Monday, Oct.16 and will run until Nov. 20. Designated drop-off zones will accept new and gently used coats, hats, scarves and gloves. Then, Chickasaw Laundry Service will dry clean all of the donations before the Grace Center distributes them.
AYP service co-chair Candice Richardson said the Grace Center will be distributing the warm clothing to people throughout southern Oklahoma as needed, not just in Carter County.
“It’s not just Ardmore and it’s not just to help kids, we’re accepting clothes in all sizes,” Richardson said. “A lot of people are geared toward the children and that makes sense, but this is for all ages.”
Richardson said the Grace Center often distributes the clothing by coordinating with schools to find out which students are in need.
“Often, they find that when the kids need coats, the whole family needs coats and in that case we try to get a donation together to help them all,” Richardson said.
Main Street Coffee, DIB Chiropractic, BancFirst, Landmark Bank, The UPS Store, KICM and Ardmore Chamber of Commerce are all accepting donations.
This year marks the 10th annual coat drive.