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ZCEC hosts coat drive

Published: Friday, Aug. 17, 2012 4:38 p.m. CDT
(BCR photo/Barb Kromphardt)
Zearing Childhood Enrichment Center students Kinsley Lott (from left), Brenden Piacenti, Aiden Frey and Karlee Henkins display some of the coats that have already been collected. Clean, gently-used coats and jackets will be accepted at ZCEC through Dec. 17.

PRINCETON — The need has never been greater, and it’s never been easier to make a difference in your community. The Zearing Child Enrichment Center (ZCEC) in Princeton has an opportunity to help make sure nobody goes without such a basic necessity as a coat this winter.

ZCEC is collecting clean, gently-used coats and jackets as part of the One Warm Coat community service project. Coats of all shapes and sizes are welcome for ages infant to 12 years of age. One Warm Coat is dedicated to distributing reusable coats, free of charge, directly to local children and adults. ZCEC said the program is an easy way for you and your family to pass along coats and jackets that you no longer need.

ZCEC have made donating a coat simple. Just bring your clean, gently-used coats and jackets to ZCEC from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday until Dec. 17. All donated coats will be given to the Bureau County United Way and other local charities for distribution to local people in need.

“More people than ever need help these days. I am proud of the thousands of coat drive organizers whose creativity and generosity of spirit are making a real difference in their own communities,” said Sherri Wood, president and national coordinator for One Warm Coat.

One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that supports and encourages coat drives. It helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies that distribute the coats free to people in need. More than one million coats have been provided to those in need at no cost since its inception in 1992.

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