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It’s time to face facts—winter is on the way. Indiana winters can sometimes be mild; but most are brutal requiring heavy winter clothing.

Many residents of our community are struggling financially, Wayne Township Trustee Richard Stevenson said. They will need help this winter providing warm coats and clothing to keep them and their children warm.

The Wayne Township Trustee’s Office wants to assist in meeting the needs for winter clothing for our less fortunate and homeless population. However, to provide free winter coats and clothing for low-income residents of our community, the Trustee’s Office needs help.

“We are conducting a winter coat and clothing drive to collect over 1,000 new and slightly used coats, as well as hats, gloves and boots,” Trustee Stevenson explained. The coats and winter wear will be provided free to those in need as part of the Healthy Cities Health Fair and Veterans’ Stand Down on October 22 at the Trustee’s Office, 320 East Superior Street.

The Health Fair and Stand Down offers free health screenings and health care to veterans and uninsured and underinsured residents of our community. It is conducted annually at the Wayne Township Trustee’s office in partnership with the Healthy Cities Committee, Veterans’ Administration and numerous other businesses and organizations. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m.

Our goal, according to Trustee Stevenson, is to have a great variety of coats to meet each individual’s needs this season. He added, “We need donations of winter coats and clothing in all sizes from newborn to adult. Our most needed sizes are adult extra-large and larger.” The Trustee’s Office will be accepting donations at our office until October 18.

The Trustee is asking those who can help to please go through your closet to see if you have any coats or winter clothing you can donate. He also suggested organizing a coat drive at your church, school, office or organization. Providing winter clothing to persons in need is a rewarding project.

The Trustee’s Office will pick up donations of more than 10 coats. If you need additional information or need coats picked up, please call the Wayne Township Trustee’s Office at 449-7000.

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