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October 31, 2013

Coat drives to help kids

TIFTON — Tift County Commissioner Melissa Chevers is gearing up for her annual “Keep ‘em Warm” Coat Drive for Nov. 4-Dec. 16.

“Last year was amazing of the number of coats collected and the people and businesses that helped support this cause and those in need in our community,” she said.

The drop-off sites are Carriage Cleaners, Charles Kent Administration Building (Commissioner’s Office), Kelly Cleaners and Solomon Nixon Funeral Home.

The Tifton Housing Authority and Department of Family and Children Services will distribute the coats. Contact Chevers at 326-0241 regarding donations or pick-ups.

Also, the Needy Children’s Fund is sponsoring a coat drive for underprivileged children in the Tift County school system. Donated coats can be taken to the two dry cleaners who have agreed to clean the coats free of charge. The coat drive is underway and will continue to be collected until Dec. 20.

All jackets, coats and sweaters for school age children can be taken to the cleaners and those businesses will clean the items before distribution.

School social workers April Holmes, Michael Norman and Octavia Conaway will distribute the coats to the schools. Last year, the participating dry cleaners were gracious enough to dry clean numerous coats and jackets that were given to families in need.

The Tifton dry cleaners participating are Carriage Cleaners, 2001 Tift Ave.; Carriage One Hour Cleaners, 602 Love Ave.; and Kelly’s Fashion Dry Cleaners, 115 Chesnutt Ave., 208 E. 20th St., 1310 U.S. Highway 82 W. and 101 Eighth St.

The Tift County Needy Children’s Fund is a United Way agency. Donations to the United Way contribute 90 percent of TCNCF’s funding.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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