Charities unite for coat giveaway

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Warming children in need with a new coat is the goal of the Ronald McDonald house charity.

Saturday was the 5th annual Give a Coat program at the Salvation Army in Youngstown. The Ronald McDonald house charity partnered with Wal-Mart to give coats to children in Trumbull, Mahoning, and Columbiana Counties.

Parents needed to pre-register their child for the program.

The Ronald McDonald charity and the Salvation Army are determined to give out more coats than last year.

“Youngstown is the 6th in poverty rate, which is not good. You can see the need is here. People are coming to get coats they can’t afford,” said Sheila Williams, Ronald McDonald House Charities.

The next coat giveaway will be November 1 at the Columbiana Lions Club.

In the tri-county area, the charity hopes to give away 1,500 coats.

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