The Tri County Kiwanis has just wrapped up their seventh annual coat drive. The group was able to help many local residents thanks to generous donations from the community.
Boxes were overflowing with coats, sweatshirts, hats and numerous blankets, gloves, mittens and scarves. The items were distributed through the YMCA, local schools, churches and food pantries.
Drop-off boxes were located at Art’s supermarket, Heartland Bank, 1st National Bank, Midland States Bank, Country Companies Insurance and Dr. Mark Weinhold’s office.
Program chairwoman Sandy Gustafson was happy with this year’s community support. She said that next year the club plans to hold the drive from Oct. 1 through Dec. 1 in order for the club to distribute the coats before the start of the cold weather.
Gustafson said the greatest need is for children’s coats, especially for ages 6 to 13. If your child has outgrown a coat at the end of the season, keep the Kiwanis in mind for next year.
Those interested in being a part of a group that strives to better the community one person, one child or one day at a time. should call Kiwanis membership chairman George Van Dee at 815-483-3174.