The community is invited to join a "Share the Warmth" Make a Difference Day coat drive that is being sponsored by Honey Brook Borough, Honey Brook Township, the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce and the Honey Brook Community Partnership.
From now through Friday, Oct. 16, residents may drop off new or gently used coats for men, women and children in collection bins that have been placed at various locations in the area.
The distribution of coats will take place on Make a Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Honey Brook Township building, 500 Suplee Road, Honey Brook, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Donations of nonperishable food items for the Honey Brook Food Pantry will also be accepted at the township building that day. Individuals may visit http://www.honeybrookfoodpantry.org for a list of the pantry's needs and suggested food donations.
"Anybody can come to the township building and get coats for their families. People can also drop off food for the food pantry that day," said Jeanne Jenzano, a member of the Honey Brook Borough Council. National Honor Society students from Twin Valley High School will provide assistance to those seeking coats. "We want to give people a sort of personal shopper to help them find what they need," she said.
Jenzano noted that there is a particular need for donations of children's coats. "I have a lot of coats for women and men, but we're not getting a lot of kids' coats because they are usually passed down (to other family members)," she said. "We really hope to get more donations for kids." She noted that leftover coats will be donated to charity.
"We started (the collection) in mid-August when people were not thinking about winter," Jenzano added. "We're hoping that now as the weather gets cooler and summer is over, people will start thinking about going through their closets (to find coats to donate)."
Coat collection bins are located at the following Honey Brook locations: M&T Bank, Susquehanna Bank, Wimpy and Dee's Diner, Honeybrook Golf Club, Living God Lutheran Church, Honey Brook Presbyterian Church, Honey Brook Methodist Church, Tel Hai Retirement Community, Stoltzfus Market and the Honey Brook Elementary Center. There are also collection bins at Citadel's Thorndale and Parkesburg branches.