Coats needed, fall drive announced

Staff report

SIDNEY — The Shelby County Community Service Council, Charity League, Salvation Army and the Shelby County United Way is invitng area residents to join them in an effort to ensure that no child goes without a warm coat this winter.

A fall coat drive will take place during September and October with collection barrels being placed in the community. New Coats, hats, gloves and clean, gently used coats can be dropped off at barrels located at Sidney First United Methodist Church, Connection Point Church of God, Lochard Inc., Rolling Hills, Sidney Shelby County YMCA, Sidney Police Department, Kroger, Ron & Nita’s, Sidney Foodtown, Shoe Sensation and the United Way. Coats will go directly to local children in Shelby County. The fall coat drive program provides an easy way for individuals and families to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors by donating new coats or passing along coats and jackets that are no longer needed.

“Last year there was an increased need for middle school coats as well as the traditional elementary sizes,” said Scott Barr, executive director of the Shelby County United Way. “Adult sizes for sixth- to eighth-graders will be needed in additional to the youth size coats and hats for elementary students.”

The community coat drive continues the legacy and commitment of the late Bill McMillan, a former Sidney police officer, whose past coat drives impacted countless lives. The Sidney Hampton Inn has generously agreed to wash all gently used coats. Referrals for coats come from the local school districts and Charity League responds directly to the school’s request. If anyone does not have a coat to donate, they can help provide financial support by sending a check to Charity League, P.O. Box 641 Sidney, OH 45365

For more information contact the Shelby County United Way at 937-492-2101.

Staff report