New or Gently Used Coats, Gloves, Hats, Boots and Snow Pants Needed
Great Falls, MT. My Neighbor in Need will kick-off its 2nd annual, Student Community Coat & Winter Gear Drive on Wednesday, October 14. The coat drive will continue for two-weeks concluding on October 28th.
Last year’s inaugural coat drive brought in 615 coats and hundreds of gloves and hats. “Last year’s goal was 300 coats and that was reached in less than 10-days, said Kim Wombolt, Executive Director or My Neighbor in Need. “The support we received from our community exceeded all of our dreams. To ask for 300 coats and to receive 615 coats was simply amazing!”
Large donation boxes, donated by Eklund’s Appliance, are wrapped in Christmas paper and have been placed in the following locations: First Liberty Federal Credit Union, Prairie Mountain Bank, Harvest Springs Church, First United Methodist Church, Claire’s/Holiday Village Mall, Scheels/Holiday Village Mall, Great Falls Public Schools, City of Great Falls, D.A. Davidson, Ace Hardware/Northwest Bypass, My Neighbor in Need/Times Square, Airman's Attic/MAFB, Big Bear.
Once the items are collected, volunteers known as “Good Deed Doers” will sort them so they can be distributed as fast as possible. “This year we are asking for not only coats but any type of warm winter apparel, especially snow pants,” said Wombolt. “Last year, My Student in Need received over 100 requests for snow pants from our local teachers so we are hoping to get a lot of snow pants now so we can be ready to fulfill these needs immediately. No one should have to be cold!”