10/10/2012 8:46:00 AM Warm for Winter event needs coats, accessories
Special to the Review
Fall signals the start of cool nights and chilly mornings. People heading to work and kids waiting for the bus throw on their coats for the start of fall and winter in the Prescott area.
Unfortunately, some families are strapped just putting food on the table and keeping their rent and utilities paid. Buying a larger winter jacket for several children and a parent could be out of reach.
That's why the Coalition for Compassion and Justice is hosting the 10th annual Warm for Winter event in Prescott from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. The distribution will take place in Prescott United Methodist Church's Esther Hall, 505 W Gurley St.
Diane Iverson, CCJ's Open Door Special Projects director, has been a part of Warm for Winter since the program first started. Each year, hundreds of families line up to choose from coats, hats, mittens and lots of warm apparel, she said.
"Even with a $5,000 donation last year to buy kids' coats, we ran out," Iverson said. "We didn't receive that donation this year. We desperately need new and very gently used coats, especially for children."
Some organizations are helping. CCJ has received leftover warm wear from the Northern Arizona Veterans' Stand Down, from Yavapai College, the Judean Society and from Prescott Mile High Middle School's National Junior Honor Society. Groups and individuals have knitted and crocheted hats and mittens and donated some quilts and afghans.
But with less than a week to go, Iverson is very concerned. No one should go without warm clothes.
"Growing up, I remember a classmate who found every excuse in the world not to go outside and play: she wanted to help the teacher; she felt sick; she had to finish some schoolwork," said CCJ Executive Director Gail Kenny. "The reality was, she didn't have a warm jacket. Once she had one, she went out and played like the rest of the kids."
Iverson said people can donate coats, hats, mittens and blankets by dropping them off from now until Friday, Oct. 12 at CCJ, 505 W. Gurley St. If people donate money, CCJ will buy items in sizes that haven't been donated.
This year CCJ, Prescott Creeks, United Way and Serve Yavapai teamed up to provide a limited amount of firewood, which will be available for distribution at Warm for Winter.