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Donations needed for HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s Coat and Blanket Drive

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 31 until September 30.

“This drive is a great 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 Sacred Heart Hospital.

All donations must be clean and in wearable condition. 

Items needed this year include:
• Great need for children and infant size coats, hats, mittens, scarves and boots
• Great need for adult coats, sizes XL, XXL and XXXL
• Winter coats and snowsuits
• Adult size hats, mittens, scarves and boots
• Blankets for infants, children, youth and adults

The drop-off sites at Sacred Heart Hospital (900 West Clairemont Ave.) are inside the hospital’s main entrance near the information desk, and at the north colleague entrance. The King’s Closet (310 S. Barstow St.) 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 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Redeeming Grace Church (312 South Barstow St.). Items will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

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