Urgent need for coats at Tyrone Area Salvation Army

Despite a successful coat drive held at the Kopp Drug parking lot on November 1 with the Kiwanis Club of Tyrone, the Tyrone Area Salvation Army is still in need of gently-worn coats to be provided for those in need.
According to Major Karen Garrett of the Salvation Army, there is an urgent need for coats because of the recent drop in temperatures.
She said the coat drive that was held almost two weeks ago was during warm weather, and so that deterred many from digging out their used coats and donating them to the Salvation Army. Now, with the weather quickly becoming cold, coats are desperately needed.
Infant, children, teen and adult gently-worn coats will be accepted. New hats and new gloves will also be accepted. Gently-worn boots will be collected as well.
A new item added this year is the collection of new unwrapped toys for children up to 12 years of age. The toys will then be distributed by the Salvation Army throughout the Christmas season.
Those interested can drop off used coats and boots, new hats, gloves and children’s toys to the old Dollar General Store located on 10th Street in Tyrone, Monday through Friday, from 9-3 p.m., until the end of December.
Rose Black has generously donated the use of the old Dollar General Store as the headquarters for the disbursement of the materials.
Individuals who are in need of a coat should also stop at the old Dollar General Store.
Major Garrett said that a coat will be provided to those who need one at no cost and with no questions asked.
In other news, Major Garrett has scheduled the annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Tyrone Area Salvation Army for Tuesday, November 25. There will be two times, 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Those interested in the Thanksgiving meal are encouraged to call the Salvation Army to make a reservation so the cooks can estimate how much food to prepare.
For reservations or for more information about volunteer opportunities at the Tyrone Area Salvation Army, call 684-0560.