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United Way issues appeal for winter coats

Seeking warmth

Staff at the Community Bank location on Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk stand by, ready to collect gently used or new coats.

Special to the OBSERVER

Winter and the cold weather are quickly approaching.

The United Way of Northern Chautauqua County is appealing to all community members in the area to check their closets for forgotten clothes and winter coats, especially those for children. After last year’s successful effort the United Way is relaunching the event. The goal of the coat drive is to ensure that all children in the Dunkirk area have the necessary items to be safe and comfortable this winter. Executive Director Adam Dolce said, “Our community provided more than 150 people with necessary cold weather items last year, and set us up to get off to a strong start this year.”

Collection bins will be available to receive donations at the Community Bank locations in Cassadaga, Westfield, Ripley, Silver Creek and Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk. The United Way office, at 626 Central Ave. in Dunkirk, will also welcome your donations. We encourage business owners, schools, labor groups, and community groups to consider collecting coats from their employees and friends. After, they can contact United Way staff or volunteers at 366-5424 to present their items for the drive.

Once collected, East Main Laundry in Fredonia will launder the items to ensure they are clean and ready for distribution. In response to community support, Dolce stated: “The support by Community Bank and East Main Laundry was key for last year’s coat drive, and we are excited to have their support for another one this year. These two businesses and all of our workplace drives really demonstrate what it means to Live United.”

United Way will work with the Salvation Army, its partners, and other agencies in the region to distribute the coats to children in need. It is United Way’s hope that no child needs to feel cold this Winter, and, as a community, we can make this hope a reality. Families that are in need can contact the Salvation Army, on Central Ave for information on distribution.

The United Way of Northern Chautauqua County’s mission is to empower our local community through education, financial stability and health. One in three of our neighbors have been impacted by local outcome-based programming, funded by strategic investments of $4,120,498 since 1999.

If you do not have materials to donate, but would still like to assist the United Way, please consider visiting us at 626 Central Ave. in Dunkirk or our website https://unitedwayncc.org/ to sign up for our newsletter or make a donation.

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