Turning Points Seeks Winter Coat Donations

Staff Report
As colder months approach, turning points is asking area residents to help collect new or gently used coats (hats, gloves, and scarves) for men, women, and children from now until November 23. Turning Points has partnered in the effort with the national nonprofit organization One Warm Coat.

"We expect to serve hundreds of clients this winter, many of whom have been affected by the economic crisis created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," said Cheryl Hedger, the Director of Volunteer Services at Turning Points. "We need the support of our local community so that we can provide coats to the people we serve. Coat drives can be as short as a few days or longer as needed. Coats for children are especially needed."

Coats are to be dropped off at the Turning Points Donation Center, 705 17th Avenue West, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am until 4:00 pm. Turning Points requests that large donations be in plastic bags with the name and contact information of the donor, plus the number of coats taped to the bag. Turning Points is not able to do pick up of coats.

Last year, Turning Points collected more than 1,500 coats that were distributed to children and adults in Manatee County, and the organization says it needs the community’s help and support to keep residents warm this winter, noting that interested groups and individuals can hold coat drives and making financial donations to Turning Points. 

"The impact of providing warmth to a neighbor or family is so powerful," said Cheryl Hedger.  

For more information, flyers, and tools to help you with your drive, please contact Cheryl Hedger at [email protected] or call (941) 747-1509, ext. 308.