Kiwanis ‘Coats for Folks’ and free chili distribution tomorrow

Published: Nov. 6, 2020 at 10:26 PM CST
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

The Kiwanis annual coat drive ‘Coats for Folks’ ends today, but if you’d like to donate or need warm gear for yourself, it’s not too late, you can head to the Fremont Center tomorrow to grab a new coat, and a warm bowl of chili. Winter is right around the corner, so it’s a great time to make sure you’re prepared for the cold front coming in shortly.

Kiwanis of Riverton President, Mia Harris, noted the importance of letting people take extra coats to those they know are in need. She said, “Some people aren’t even able to get out of their homes to go purchase new coats, or purchase winter coats at all.”

The drive will be tomorrow from 9 a.m. until noon at the Fremont Center at the fairgrounds in Riverton. A free takeout chili lunch will be offered starting at 10 a.m. Harris noted people from other areas with warmer temperatures that have recently moved, may also be in need of cold weather gear. “We have also had a large influx of people moving into our community that aren’t from this area, and I think the cold weather is going to be a shift for a lot of people,” noted Harris.

It used to be called ‘Coats for Kids,’ but when the need for coats for all ages was realized, the drive turned into ‘Coats for Folks.’ “One of the things that we are offering with this drive is that people can take as many coats as they want. They’re not limited to just one, if they have family members that aren’t able to make it, or if they know of family members or children that are in need of coats, they can take as many as they want to help take care of the people that they know,” added Harris.

In addition to coats, there are other cold weather gear items that the nonprofit organization is accepting. They’re also accepting scarves, hats, and gloves. If you haven’t donated yet, it’s not too late. “If you go to a drop site today and the boxes have already been picked up, you’re more than welcome to drop them off tomorrow morning, also at the Fremont Center.”

Harris noted they couldn’t have done this drive or any of their free activities for the community without the support of local businesses. “We do extend our thanks to our businesses, and we do remind people to shop locally and help those that help us,” emphasized Harris.

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