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Donations needed for HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital Coat and Blanket Drive

EAU CLAIRE – An average of 10 percent of Wisconsin residents live in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Though it’s hard to believe, there are folks in western Wisconsin who won’t have warm coats to wear this year. To respond to this chilling reality, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, King’s Closet and Redeeming Grace Church are partnering to collect winter coats and blankets August 27 until September 28.

“This drive presents the opportunity for us to extend a helping hand into our communities for those who are in immediate need,” said Mary Pengra, director of volunteer services at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. “Providing a location to collect, sort and then distribute coats and blankets into our community is gratifying to the hospital and its colleagues on all levels.”

All donations must be clean and in wearable condition. 

Items needed this year include:
  • Great need for children & infant size coats,      hats, mittens, scarves & boots
  • Great need for adult coats, sizes XL, XXL & XXXL
  • Winter coats & snowsuits
  • Adult size hats, mittens, scarves & boots
  • Heavy blankets
The drop-off sites at Sacred Heart Hospital (900 West Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire) are inside the hospital’s main entrance near the information desk, and the north colleague entrance. The King’s Closet (310 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire) will also accept donated items on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Items collected during this year’s drive will be distributed to those in need on October 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Redeeming Grace Church (312 South Barstow St., Eau Claire). Items will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note: The coat distribution will not be held at Sacred Heart Hospital.

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