Many coats needed in the area for annual drive

The weather is getting cooler and it will soon be just plain cold, which means it's time for "Coats for Kids" at the Care and Share in Crookston. Winter coats, boots, mittens and snow pants, all in good and clean condition, are needed now. Coats for all ages are certainly welcome, but coats for ages 5-12 is the primary focus.
    "The real concern is to get these younger kids coats, and snow pants as well," Care and Share Director Carol Gregg said. "Schools won't let kids go outside if they don't have proper gear." She also explained that fleecy and lighter jackets are fine to layer with, but heavy winter coats are what the Care and Share is looking for.
    Every time Care and Share has done its winter coat drive, they have received about 150 coats each year. Many will remember a Fargo TV station meteorologist doing the "Coats for Kids" program every year. The Crookston Care and Share was part of that, Gregg said. This year is different, though, she added.     
    "Up until this year, the TV station promoted it and we've been in cooperation with them to distribute coats to families. But this year that program was discontinued," Gregg said. "So that's why we're kind of in this, like, 'Oh my gosh, we could really use some help this year.'"
    In fact, she said that she counted the smaller sized coats at the Care and Share recently and there were only about a dozen.
    If anyone has coats or other winter gear for kids to donate, Gregg asks that they drop them off at the Care and Share at 220 East Third Street in Crookston. They should be designated as Coats for Kids. However, if someone doesn't have coats to donate, cash can also be given so that the Care and Share can purchase what is needed. Send your monetary donation to the Care and Share, to Gregg's attention.
    If anyone has questions, call 281-2644. Distribution of the coats will be in the first part of October, depending on how things come in.