As the family prepared to leave, Adrianna Barclay, 18, of Anderson, brought in her 2-year-old sister, Romintie Barclay. The little girl only had a light, spring jacket, but organizers were able to quickly find a warm winter coat for her.
Within a few minutes, several more people arrived also searching for winter clothing. They were turned away after learning the remaining coats were not in the sizes needed. Hill said that coats left over from the event will be available for people to pick up Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“They will be left here, but there is so little left for them to choose from,” she said. “Most of them are for children younger than school age.”
New or gently-worn coats can be dropped off at Community Hospital Anderson on the last Friday of every month (excluding holidays). The public is asked to pull up to the front entrance and place items in the collection bin in the lobby.
Coats may also be dropped off at Bestway Cleaners, WQME (on Anderson University’s campus), or The Herald Bulletin in downtown Anderson.
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Staying warm According to onewarmcoat.org, a 2-degree drop in a person's body temperature can result in loss of coordination, confusion and a reduced heart rate. These conditions make it difficult for adults to work effectively or for children to learn, but a warm coat can fix that. The problem is that for about 15 percent of people living in poverty, a winter coat is a budget "extra" they cannot afford. Breakout body tag:Source: U.S. Census, 2011 and Hypothermia, University of Maryland Medical Center