Salvation Army to keep those in need warm with coat drive

September 6, 2018

The temperatures finally cooled down today, but that wasn’t the case Tuesday, when Kankakee Salvation Army Lt. Cpls. Scott and Makayla Parnell stood outside of the Bourbonnais Fire Protection District in 90-degree weather.

They were there to start the Salvation Army’s Coat Drive. The organization will be collecting donations of winter coats and accessories throughout the entire month of September in order to the help the homeless community fend off the upcoming winter weather.

“This is our first year, and we have a goal of 300 coats,” Makayla said.

They’re accepting gently used, washed or new coats. The target sizes are teenage to adult sizes, but they’ll accept any size.

Starting on Tuesday nights during the month of October, Scott and Makayla will be hitting the streets of the county to distribute coats to those who need them.

Donation barrels can be found at various locations, such as the Bourbonnais Fire Protection District, Aurelio’s Pizzeria, Olivet Nazarene University (Ludwig Center and Tripp Maintenance Center), First Baptist Church of Manteno, Gathering Point Church and more.

If you donate to the barrel at the Bourbonnais Fire Protection District, you’ll be entered to win a free pizza from Chicago Dough Company in Bourbonnais.

You can find the complete list of locations on the Salvation Army’s Facebook page (“ The Salvation Army Kankakee” ).

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