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DANVILLE Those with closets jammed with unused coats should consider donating them to a good cause.

The Danville Elks Lodge 332’s sixth annual Coats 4 Kids campaign is under way and continues until Thanksgiving. All donations will be given to the Salvation Army, which will distribute the coats to eligible families.

Carroll, Elks members Jim Beebe and Ernie Truax, and volunteer Chris Hardesty have been busy decorating boxes with Christmas paper in the past couple of weeks, and setting them out. Close to 40 boxes an all time high will be set around Danville.

Last year, more than 300 coats were collected at 26 sites.

In addition to winter coats and jackets, the campaign also accepts hats, caps, scarves, gloves and mittens. While the campaign is called Coats 4 Kids, that includes teenagers through high school age, many of whom wear adult sizes. Thus, all sizes are needed.

The coats should be gently used, and in good condition. Some groups even buy new coats to donate.

Elks members wash the coats, or take them to Custom Care Cleaners and Starcrest Cleaners, which are donating their services. Also helping out is Speedy Quik Print, which produces the flyers that are put on the boxes.

Again this year, the Danville Dashers will help by featuring the campaign at Friday’s opening game. Anyone who donates a coat will be given a free pass for another game, Beebe said.

McDonald’s owners are helping, too, by allowing collection boxes at the three Danville restaurants. However, the McDonald’s stores in Georgetown, Hoopeston and Oakwood are having their own collections through local agencies or groups in those towns.

Families who need winter clothing should contact the Salvation Army, which uses the same distribution system as it does for school supplies, meals and other services.

Encouraging people to donate, Carroll said, “What a wonderful and practical things for people to do helping people in need.”The Danville Elks Lodge 332 is collecting coats for children and teens until Thanksgiving.
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