As the Ardmore Young Professionals’ annual coat drive nears its end, hats, gloves, scarves and coats are still all in high demand.
The month-long drive started October 15. The last day to donate clothing will be November 16. AYP works with The Grace Center in Ardmore to collect winter clothing, particularly for children. Once the items are collected, Chickasaw Laundry Services will launder the donated items. AYP Vice President Marcus High said, so far, donations have been coming in at a steady clip.
“It’s actually a good mix of items, we always need children’s clothes, coats and scarves,” High said.
High said the group has collected roughly 200 articles and is looking to double that  number by the time the drive wraps up next week. Last year, the drive brought in roughly 400 items.
“We’ve had a lot,” High said. “It’s always good to see people getting invested. We’d still like to see a final push of 200 to 300 items.”
High said some new companies joined in the effort this year. He said Premier Truck Group of Ardmore, who are participating for the first time, have collected an impressive number of donations.
“They’ve really done a great job,” High said. “They’re newcomers to our drive.”
Donations can be dropped off at Main Street Coffee, DIB Chiropractic, Banc First, Landmark Bank, The UPS Store, KICM, Premier Truck Group of Ardmore, Encompass Home Health and the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce.
“The city is always great about reaching those donation goals,” High said. “We still need to work this final week.”