St. Leo’s Church in need of donations for annual coat drive

Coat Drive at St. Leo's Catholic Church.
Coat Drive at St. Leo's Catholic Church.(Diamond Nunnally (KSNB))
Published: Oct. 9, 2021 at 10:54 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - St. Leo’s Catholic Church’s annual coat drive is back and they’re asking people to donate new and gently used coats, hats, gloves, and mittens.

This fundraiser has filled a need within the community for the last 17 years, giving out thousands of coats to people in need. Outreach Coordinator Donna Douglass said it shows just how important this fundraiser is to the community.

“You look at somebody and don’t really know what’s going on in their life, maybe their car broke down and they can’t afford coats for their kids this year or whatever it is and with Covid and all, the things that everybody’s been going through, who knows, but it’s anybody who needs a coat, can come and get a coat,” Douglass said.

Last year they gave out more than a thousand coats and it couldn’t be done without the help of the community.

“Our community, like Grand Island as a whole, and even the surrounding communities are so generous,” Douglass said. “We would never be able to come up with this many coats if they didn’t come and donate and they do.”

People can drop off new or gently used winter gear at the following sites: U-Save Pharmacy Locations, Super Saver stores, HyVee, the YMCA, Feel Fit and St. Leo’s Church.

On Oct. 28, St. Leo’s will be giving away the coats at the church location at 2410 S. Blaine St. from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

“I feel like we are keeping people warm and not just like one person but families or people who are just down on their luck and people who are on the streets, people who are in the shelters, we’re just helping keep them warm and that should be a right for everybody,” Douglass said.

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