FAIRMONT, W.Va. – United Way of Marion and Taylor Counties kicked off the 2020 Warm Coats, Warm Hearts Winter Clothing Drive last Thursday, October 15.
West Virginia can get very cold in the winter, snow, hail and rain mixed in, which is why it’s so important for all children, and adults, to be well equipped with gear.
Donations can include winter jackets, hats, gloves, scarfs, rain and snow resistant gear, and also monetary donations. Monetary donations will be used to fill all the gaps in sizes or gear they lack at the end of the donation period.
“If you have those items easily available to you, it might not seem like that big of a deal. Being able to offer someone that dignity to have the items they need to stay warm, and to be able to walk to the bus stop or go to the doctor or go to the grocery store, and not having to worry about freezing or getting wet, that makes a really big difference on how people can function in the winter time,” said Emily Swain, Community Impact Director. “To have a coat and a hat and gloves that fit you, can really make or break the difference with you going out and being a part of the community and getting the necessities you have to have.”
The United Way of Marion and Taylor County is a 24/7 drop off location. There are several other places throughout both counties. Those locations are the following:
- Marion County Public Library (all branches/Fairmont, Mannington, Fairview)
- Times West Virginian
- BC Bank
- Town of White Hall
- Disability Action Center
- Challenge Health and Fitness
- Paton Insurance Group
- Soup Opera
- Connecting Link
- Salvation Army
- Mark Zeck-State Farm Insurance
- The Mountain Statesman
- Espresso Yourself
- Taylor County Family Resources
All donations will be given to the United Ways partners to distribute to those who need them most.