CINCINNATI — Those in need of a coat this winter could have stopped by Elder High School on Saturday for St. Vincent de Paul’s first coat giveaway of the year.
The organization was handing out winter coats and other winter accessories from 9 a.m. to noon, and they expected to donate up to 1,000 coats.
“Following this distribution, we will have two more: one in the West End at the Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy on the first Saturday of December, then the following week on December 7th, we will have another distribution of coats in Colerain at the Clifford Family YMCA . said Kristen Gallagher, marketing communications manager for St. Vincent de Paul.
The coat distribution is for Hamilton County residents, Gallagher said.
She added that people looking for a coat will need to bring identification. If you have children who need a coat, but are not present when the coats are distributed, you will also need a verification form for them.
Gallagher noted that a school ID or letter with the child’s name and address will work as a form of verification.
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“When you think about children in particular, they grow from year to year,” she said. “The coats they had last year may not fit them this year. For the kids waiting at the bus stop in the morning. A coat is really essential.”
The first St. Vincent de Paul distribution is the largest of the year, and it comes at a crucial time as temperatures continue to drop in Cincinnati.
“St. Vincent de Paul tries to help people who might be in difficult circumstances,” Gallagher said. might look like their day. Providing coats is truly essential. It’s a basic need that here in Ohio, in our harsh winters, is an essential that everyone should have access to.”
Gallagher said they are always in need of winter coats and other winter accessories – they are looking for new or gently used coats. She added that they were particularly looking for coats for women in small, large, extra large and plus sizes, and coats for men in small, medium and large sizes.
For more information on St. Vincent de Paul and their winter coat drive, Click here.