The first annual Coats for Kids program is under way in Centerville. New coats are currently being collected by the staff of Morgan’s Ice Cream Parlor and Candy Confectionary on the east side of the Centerville square.
According to Penny Sharp, manager of Morgan’s, this program is seen as a way for parents to give the gift of a new winter coat to their children for Christmas. All coats donated will be wrapped before they are given to parents.
Any person or business interested in donating a new coat to the program may drop them off at the store during regular business hours. Coats will also be picked up by calling (641) 216-8081 or (641) 895-2789. They can also be dropped off in a collection bin at Walmart near the front of the store.
According to Sharp, infant through teenage sizes are being accepted, but there is a particular need for young adult and adult sized coats for larger children and teenagers. Sharp said that so far the store has received about 35-40 coat requests and about 25 coats.
Any parent may fill out a request for a coat for their child. There are no restrictions on the program and no child will be left out. Forms requesting new coats may be picked up at the store and are confidential. They must be turned in to the store by Dec. 1 in order to receive a coat.
Wrapped coats will be handed out to parents on Sunday, Dec. 15 at the store.