Give a Coat Program brings warmth to local kids

Give A Coat Program provides local children with coats

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Mahoning Valley & Western Pennsylvania is helping local youth keep warm this season through the 6th annual Give A Coat Program.

They have partnered with Wal-Mart to help children receive their coats, which were purchased brand new by RMHC and will be distributed to local youth in Trumbull, Mahoning, and Columbiana Counties.

RMHC is partnering with the Salvation Army to distribute the coats to deserving families in each county. On Saturday they were doing just that for the people of Mahoning County at the Salvation Army on Glenwood Avenue in Youngstown.

Sheila Williams, Ronald McDonald House coordinator, said this is their sixth annual Give A Coat Program.

“We work every year in conjunction with the Salvation Army to identify families in need, and then we purchase new coats from Wal-Mart for the children so it will keep them warm this winter,” she said.

To be eligible to receive a free winter coat, all recipients must meet the Salvation Army Income Eligibility Guidelines. Parents need to pre-register to pick up a coat for their child by contacting the Salvation Army in their county.

The pickup locations and dates for the 2015 Give A Coat Program are as follows:

October 31st – Columbiana County
The Lions Club, 38240 Industrial Park Road, Lisbon, OH
Contact: Cookie Olson, 330-623-7470

November 7th – Trumbull County
The Salvation Army, 270 Franklin St, Warren, OH
Contact: Dianna Morales, 330-392-1573

Times are 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Salvation Army in each county about registration information. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

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