Knights of Columbia Council #1075 in Monett has launched its annual coat drive and is now accepting donations at Top Hat Cleaners, located at 210 W. Broadway in Monett.
Coats in any sizes will be accepted. The coats will be distributed to those who would otherwise have difficulty obtaining a coat during winter months.
According to Al Dohmen, project coordinator, between 300 and 500 coats are processed each year. Around three quarters of the donations are adults coats. There is an even greater need for children's coats, but often smaller sizes are worn out before they can be shared with another owner.
"It is good to provide coats to those that need one and good to clean out our closets," said Dohmen. "Every year we assume the amount of coats donated will go down. It doesn't. Over 300 coats still come in. It's heartwarming that people will give up their coats."
Coats that need repairs or a zipper replaced can still be accepted. Repairs are made by Top Hat Cleaners.
Initially, the biggest demand is for lightweight coats, Dohmen said. However, as the weather gets colder, the need for warmer coats evens out the demand. Many children continue to wear T-shirts into the colder weather and underestimate the need for a coat, he added.
Al Dohmen said knowledge of the Knights coat drive is primarily spread by word of mouth. Coats are also distributed at the Monett Senior Center, the Community Kitchen and Crosslines. Around 50 coats have already been donated and several have been distributed to date, Dohmen added.
Donations will be accepted through Oct. 31.
Those who need coats are asked to call Marion Dohmen at 235-7405.