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Salvation Army and WFMZ team up for annual coat drive

VIDEO: Coat drive takes place at PPL...

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Keeping folks warm this winter is one of the goals for the Salvation Army as it partners with WFMZ-TV for its annual coat drive.

The Salvation Army is taking coats of all sizes Nov. 3 at the PPL Center.

This is the third year 69 News and the Salvation Army have teamed up to make winter a little warmer for Lehigh Valley residents.

Special boxes will be posted outside the PPL Center to collect coats.

Salvation Army officials say many of the coats will go to foster and adoptive families in the Lehigh Valley.

"We serve about 150 families within our agency. Some families have one child in their home, some families have multiple children," said Angie Gillen, Salvation Army outreach coordinator. "So I believe we ended up with about 400 coats last year and we were able to find someone to go into each one of those coats. We can use all the coats that people are willing to bring."

So if you have a new or gently used coat just hanging in your closet, someone will be warmed because you donated it to the coat drive.

"It’s important to have people donate coats and support the program because really to make foster care successful we really need the whole community to pitch in," said Gillen.

The Salvation Army says it will also take hats, scarves and gloves.

Check out additional information on the WFMZ Facebook event page.


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