CHARLESTON — This year, in honor of MLK Day of Service, Education Alliance AmeriCorps is hosting a coat drive called Coats4Kids through Monday, Jan. 17. The Coats4Kids drive is part of a national effort through One Warm Coat, according to a news release.
“More than 300,000 West Virginians were living in poverty and struggling to pay their bills before the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Amelia Courts, the president/CEO of the Education Alliance. “We know that for many children, the need for coats this winter will be greater than ever before. Through the Coats4Kids drive we answer Dr. King’s call to serve. We ask you to join us in making a difference in the lives of West Virginia residents by helping our children stay safe and warm this winter.”
The Coats4Kids drive aims to donate at least 1,000 articles of winter clothing to help West Virginia families stay warm. New and gently used coats, hats, scarves, sweatshirts and gloves can be donated. Education Alliance AmeriCorps encourages you to put extra love in your donation by including a note in the pocket of each coat.
Last year, more than 260,000 coats were distributed across North America to children and adults in need through One Warm Coat’s coat drive program.
“Shelter from the elements, like clean water, food and housing, is a basic need,” said Beth W. Amodio, president and CEO of One Warm Coat. “We are so grateful for our partners like Education Alliance AmeriCorps whose efforts are ensuring many people in West Virginia will be safe and protected this winter.”
Drop-off locations are available around the state with donations benefiting the local community. Financial donations are being collected online and by check to buy winter gear for West Virginia nonprofits in need.
Local dropoff locations include:
n Buffalo Elementary School, 2367 Buffalo Creek Road, Accoville. Contact: Jamie Lusk, 304-688-0134. Hours: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Drive-thru donations and pickup requests.
n Bruno Church of God, 631 Sandlick Branch Road, Bruno. Contact: Angel Hicks, 304-583-2044. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Drive-thru donations and pickup requests.
n Chapmanville Intermediate School, 774 Crawley Creek Road, Chapmanville. Contact: Ciera Stowers, 304-953-0251. Drive-thru donations and pickup requests.
n Chapmanville Middle School, 774 Crawley Creek Road, Chapmanville. Hours: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Donation bin and pickup requests
Holden Elementary School, 1 Holden St., Holden. Contact: 304-239-2771. Hours: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Drive-thru donations and a donation table.
n Logan Elementary School, 18 Wildcat Way, Logan. Contact: Assistant Principal Cynthia Napier, 304-752-4180. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Donation bin.
n Logan Middle School, 1 Wildcat Way, Logan. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Donation bin.
n Man Elementary School, 1 Pioneer Path, Mallory. Contact: Crystal Frye, 304-688-3666. Hours: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Donation bin and pickup requests through Jan. 10.
n Omar Elementary School, 7061 Jerry West Highway, Omar. Contact: 304-946-2660. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Donation bin.
n Town & Country Foodland, 816 Main St A, Chapmanville. Contact: 304-946-2660. Hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Donation bin.
For a complete list of drop-off locations or to donate online, visit educationalliance.org/coats4kids.
MLK Day of Service encourages all Americans to improve communities through volunteer service. 2022 will mark the 27th celebration of the annual service event since Congress designated the MLK holiday the first ever National Day of Service and charged AmeriCorps with leading this effort.