WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – Winter is just around the corner, which means many of you will soon be pulling out your coats and snow boots.
But some people in our community cannot afford winter clothing.
One organization is looking to change that.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Salvation Army in Waterloo teamed up with Veridian Credit Union to donate more than 650 coats to people in the Cedar Valley.
Grace Fee, a volunteer at Salvation Army, said they served 778 people. In total, well over 2,000 winter apparel items were given away.
People stopped by and picked up the winter clothing they needed, including: ear muffs, mittens/gloves, scarves, snow boots and hats.
While the event is over, the volunteers encourage you to look for other ways to help those who need it most.
“The community is as strong as our weakest person, so if we can help lift up somebody, give them a hand up and not a hand out, that just makes our community better,” Angela Weekley, another volunteer said.
Weekley said staying warm is a challenge for many people in the community.
“You will see the people that are coming through [this event] aren’t necessarily the homeless, they’re not necessarily people who don’t work,” she said. “A coat is an expense that is hard to budget for when you’re trying to put food on the table, when you’re trying to pay your electricity bill.”
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
One way you can help is by collecting gently used winter clothing and accessories to donate before winter begins.
Weekley said the items they need most are boys’ coats.