For families facing hard times, this time of year can be stressful as the cost of winter coats, snowpants and boots can be a financial burden.
Thankfully, many organizations in our area are holding donation drives to distribute gently used winter items to those in need.
In Wausau, the Coats for Kids campaign is underway. If you'd like to drop off winter clothing, you can do so at American Family Insurance locations, Pick N Save grocery stores, the Wausau Center Mall, Trigs, Goin' Postal, Coldwater Creek, Mountain View Montessori School- Merrill Avenue, and County Market until November 6.
During the week of October 21- October 25, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Families in need may register for the Coats for Kids program, and the Angel Tree (Christmas assistance program) at the same time. To register, families will need to bring one month's proof of income-- such as bank statement or two paycheck stubs, a photo ID, Social Security Cards for everyone in the household, and proof of residency.
If you are in need of winter clothing you can register at the Salvation Army. The distribution is November 8, 2-6 p.m and November 9, 8-11 a.m. at the Salvation Army Community Center.
The Kiwanis Club, said last year more than 700 winter clothing items were distributed; serving 106 families.
In Adams, families can pick up winter clothing at Practical Cents, located at 402 S. Main Street. Items can also be dropped off at the location, just specify the items are for Coats for Kids.
Families in Stevens Point needing winter clothing do not need an appointment and can simply show up at Operation Bootstrap, located at 5000 Heffron Street. They are open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
NewsChannel has placed calls to other communities regarding process of registration and distribution of winter clothing items and will update this story as soon as we hear back.
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