Donate your gently used coats by Oct. 22 |

Donate your gently used coats by Oct. 22

SUMMIT COUNTY – It’s starting to get cold out there, and some people who can’t afford to buy a good coat are feeling it more than others.In the spirit of goodwill, the Summit County Social Services Coat Drive is accepting “gently used” coats, hats and mittens for those in need. Volunteers organizing the third annual event hope to collect 1,000 coats of all sizes by Oct. 22.”There is a need for this coat drive here in Summit County,” said Barbara Hammer, volunteer coat drive chairwoman. “Last year we had a great response.”In 2002, more than 1,000 coats were donated by generous residents of Summit County. Dozens of families in need were able to outfit themselves for winter.From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 25, the donated coats will be spread out across the lobby of the Silverthorne Pavilion at 400 Blue River Parkway. The town sponsors the nonprofit event to help fulfill the pavilion’s mission as a community center. Those in need of a coat, hat or mittens are invited to stop by to pick up a coat for free.Drop-off points include all Summit County schools, the Silverthorne Recreation Center, Breckenridge Recreation Center, the libraries in Silverthorne, Breckenridge and the County Commons, City Market stores in Breckenridge and Dillon and the Frisco Safeway. Any coats not picked up Oct. 25 by those in need will be donated to the nonprofit Summit Thrift & Treasure in Dillon.A word to the generous and wise: Remember to check the coat pockets before dropping donations in coat collection boxes.

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