RUTLAND - There's still time to donate a new or gently used winter coat to a child in need.
Coats for Kids has extended its drive until Monday, Nov. 16, because so few coat donations have come in and yet there are more needy children in the Rutland area this year.
Approximately 150 coats, mostly in young adult sizes, have been collected. But more than 300 children are in need of a warm winter coat.
"Coat donations are drastically down this year," Darlene McMahon, Coats for Kids organizer, said. "We need the younger sizes, infant to 5T. Although, we are accepting all sizes, ranging from newborn to young adult.
A recent donation by the City of Rutland D.P.W. & Clerical Workers Inc. enabled organizers to buy several new coats but there is still an extreme shortage.
The drive is also accepting boots, snow pants, hats, mittens, scarves and other winter outerwear, such as fleece sweaters. Your donated item will go directly into the hands of a local child.
Donations may be dropped off at collection boxes located inside Hannaford, Price Chopper, and Replay Sports, and Durgin's Cleaners.
The following local schools also have drop boxes: Neshobe in Brandon, Barstow Memorial School, Clarendon Elementary, Fair Haven Grade School, Pittsford Lothrop School, Pittsford Town Office, Poultney Elementary & High School, Proctor Elementary & High School, Rutland City Northeast, Rutland City Middle School, Rutland City Intermediate and Wallingford Elementary.
Coats and other items will be distributed to children of families in need on Friday, Nov. 20, 3-7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov.21, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., at Trinity Church on West Street in Rutland.
For more information or to make a donation, call McMahon at 855-8880.