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Flood and Cold Winter Ahead Drive Need for Llano’s Coats for Kids

Distribution of free winter jackets collected in the Coats for Kids drive is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Llano Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, 100 Train Station Drive.

Because of recent flood damage and chilly weather, distribution for the annual Coats for Kids initiative couldn’t have come at a better time, according to Kim Webb of the Junior Woman’s Culture Club.

“That could be the case,” she said. “We may have people who come to get coats who usually don’t because of the flood.”

Distribution of the free coats is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Llano Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 100 Train Station Drive. The club has collected 200 coats but are still accepting more donations.

While the initiative's name indicates it’s for children, the club collects coats, jackets, windbreakers, and the like in all different colors, shapes, and sizes throughout the year to give to anyone who needs it.

“No questions asked, no forms to fill out,” Webb said. “Anyone who needs a coat is more than welcome to get a coat.”

She noted that because the demand could be greater, there will be a limit on the number of coats a person can get.

“We want to make sure it’s fair to everyone,” she said. “Everyone who needs a coat should get one.”

Some people look for coats for others because they see the need. That’s especially true for those working in education such as teachers or bus drivers. Webb said she’s rarely surprised by that because those people witness firsthand a child who shivering at a bus stop or on the playground.

“We need more for sure,” she said. “It’s supposed to be a cold winter. I take coats all year. We keep them at the visitors center. After the distribution, we’ll keep a rack here for anyone who needs one.”

Call the visitors center at (325) 247-5354 for more information.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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