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Llano Junior Woman’s Culture Club Collecting Coats to Keep Kids Warm this Winter

The Llano Junior Woman’s Culture Club coat drive is going on now.

LLANO — Kim Webb chuckled at the notion the Llano Junior Woman’s Culture Club has collected enough coats to meet the needs of the Llano community.

“I wish I did,” she said, “but I need more, especially small-sized for kids, anywhere from toddler to eighth grade.”

Webb, who is a member of the group, has been busy collecting coats at the Llano Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 400 Train Station Drive in Llano, for quite some time.

The distribution starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the chamber, so people still have time to donate any type of gently used coats for children and adults.

Members of the Llano Junior Woman’s Culture Club will make sure the zippers and buttons work and wash the coats before putting them on the racks for families to browse.

“Every child wants a new coat that’s theirs,” Webb said. “On the first day, some kids can pick up two coats: a light one and a heavier one. We want everybody to be able to benefit from it.”

Best of all, those in need simply have show up. There is no paperwork to fill out, no proof of residency, or any other requirement.

“We don’t ask for names or phone numbers or where they live,” Webb said. “We want kids to have a coat to wear.”

Teachers and bus drivers often stop by to pick out a coat for a student in need, which is just fine with the club, Webb said.

“Those are the people who see the kids every day,” she said. “They know who looks like they’re cold.”

It’s common to give out 300 coats on the first distribution day each year, she added.

“You can always tell by the excitement of the kids when kids come running up and get to pick any coat they want, and they don’t have to look at the price,” she said. “I think that’s the most excitement that I have.”

The coats will be kept at the chamber until the end of January. Then, any remaining ones will go into a storage bin.

Pick up coats during the chamber’s hours of operation from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

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

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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