Chestnut Ridge Church in Morgantown is holding its annual winter coat drive.
The church is encouraging individuals to bring new or gently used coats and winter accessories to share with those in need in the community. Hats, gloves, scarves, and coats are accepted. All size ranges are accepted, from children to adult.
Items can be dropped off at the church anytime between now and November 18th.
This drive provides nearly 2,000 items for those in need every winter.
“There are a lot of people, whether we know it or not, that are in need and they don’t have the essential warm weather gear that keeps them warm in West Virginia, because it gets pretty cold here, so we just want to be able to help people get through the season, stay warm,” said Sarah Shaffer, of Chestnut Ridge Church.
Those in need of coats and accessories can visit Chestnut Ridge Church on November 12th or 13th from 11 am to 7 pm to pick up warm winter items. All items not picked up will go to local schools and charities in the area.
Those donating say that they also get a lot out of the giving process.
“A woman came up to donate some coats, and I could tell that she was visibly moved and she gave five coats. She said they were from her father who had passed away earlier this year, and once she heard about the coat drive, that gave her, kind of the inspiration to go through his things. So she chose the five nicest coats that he had to bring them in and donate,” said Joshua Rhodes, of Chestnut Ridge Church.