A massive coat drive is underway in Central Oklahoma. The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is desperately low on coats for the needy. That's why it's urging residents to clean out their closets and donate their gently used coats.
"It's already getting cold, and our supply of coats is running dangerously low," said Social Services Director Ashley Jones. "We also need donations of scarves, hats and gloves. Children's coats are especially needed right now."
According to the Salvation Army, the recent dip in temperature has caused more and more families to request warm winter coats. This, as the organization's supply of coats is down to only two racks.
"We saw a special need this year, since the drive had traditionally relied on large donations at special Thunder games, and that apparently won't take place in 2011," said District 2 County Commissioner Brian Maughan.
So, in an effort to help, Maughan announced a county-wide coat drive to collect gently used items for the needy. Volunteers will distribute flyers in Oklahoma County neighborhoods asking for donations. Drop off sites also will be set up.
"We will have drop boxes in place so Oklahoma County residents can drop off donated coats at convenient locations," Maughan said. "We know how generous Oklahomans can be, given the opportunity to help a neighbor."
Every year, The Salvation Army hands out several thousand coats to individuals and children. Anyone wishing to donate items or place a drop box in a public location can also call (405) 713-1502.
Coats can also be dropped off at The Salvation Army, 501 S. Harvey, or at metro participating cleaners.
List of Drop-Off Sites:
Wegener Group, 5100 N. Brookline, Suite 300
Excel Cleaners, 8900 S. Pennsylvania
Earlywine YMCA, 11801 S. May
Greenbriar YMCA, 1500 Kingsridge Dr.
Red Cup, 3122 N. Classen
Jeff's Café, 3401 N. Classen
Oklahoma County Courthouse, 320 Robert S. Kerr
Oklahoma County Social Services, 7401 NE 23
Swadleys BBQ at 7156 NW 80, 2233 W. Memorial and in Quail Springs Mall
Terry Neese Personnel, 2709 W. I-44 Service Road
OSU Extension, 930 N. Portland
Grill on the Hill, 324 SW 25
Best Cleaners, 9120 S. Western, OKC
Best Cleaners, 4440 N.W. Expressway, OKC
Best Cleaners, 11028 N. Rockwell Ave, OKC
Best Cleaners, 12101 N. MacArthur, OKC
Best Cleaners, 54 East 33rd Street, Edmond
Best Cleaners, 121 Waterloo Road, Edmond
Best Cleaners, 1004 24th Ave. NW, Norman
Brian's Automotive Services, 1324 S. Kelly, Edmond
Claire Bridge Southwest OKC Alzheimer's & Dementia Care, 10001 S. May Ave.,OKC
Nichols Hills Cleaners – All Locations