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COAT DRIVE Donating cover during the winter

Everyone in Chautauqua County felt that chill in the air on Sunday and Monday. Now, consider those who have no protection from the cooler temperatures.

That is why the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County has again kicked off its drive for winter coats. 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, 626 Central Ave., Dunkirk, will also welcome donations and the organization asks 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.

“We had more than 500 coats donated last year, and because of that have a solid inventory this year to start ensuring we can meet the needs of our neighbors,” said Adam Dolce, United Way of Northern Chautauqua County executive director. “Those coats will go quick with snow in the forecast for the first time this week so it is critical that we get new donations in to replenish our supply.”

Those used coats, for many in our region, our a gift of warmth.

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