Operation Cover-Up returns for 28th year

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The 2014 Operation Cover-Up program has officially launched and is looking for donations.

This year marks 28 years of distributing winter clothing to families in need throughout Chatham-Kent. Over those 28 years, United Way’s Operation Cover-Up has distributed more than 60,000 winter coats, hats and mittens.

United Way’s Good Neighbours co-ordinator, Mary Symons, said in a release,“We are looking for coats of all sizes – male, female, children, toddlers and infants – with an emphasis on men’s plus sized and toddlers and infant coats.”

Those wishing to donate used winter coats can do so from now until Oct. 18 during business hours, at the following drop-off locations: Libro Financial (Blenheim), Betty Brite, Bondy’s Cleaners, Chatham Cleaners, Community Cleaners, Winners (Chatham), Jackson’s Seeds, McBrayne Feed and Supply Ltd., McKellar’s Flowers and Gifts (Dresden), Chatham-Kent Police Station (Ridgetown), Vivian Cleaners (Thamesville), Community Cleaners at Kara’s Rose Garden (Tilbury), Community Cleaners at Flynn & Burgess Grocery, Westown Cleaners (Wallaceburg).

Those wishing to receive a winter coat can collect a coupon now, at the following locations: the Salvation Army Family Services, ODSP, Employment and Social Services, and United Way offices in Tilbury, Wallaceburg and Chatham. Coupons can be redeemed during the distribution period (from Oct. 14 to Nov. 15) at the Salvation Army Thrift Stores in Chatham, Ridgetown and Wallaceburg, The Salvation Army Food Bank at the Blenheim Baptist Church, and the Tilbury Information and HELP Centre.

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