Kiwanis Club coat drive to benefit Tyrone Salvation Army Service Center

Winter coats needed
Salvation Army Representative Joe Ferraro and Kiwanis President Bill Ellenberger got together recently to discuss the current winter coat drive. Due to the early winter temperatures, there is an immediate need for both adult and children’s coats. Coats can be donated at Bressler’s Foodmart and Sports, District Judge Fred Miller’s office and can always be taken directly to the Service Center, located on Pennsylvania Avenue. Then on November 29, Kiwanis members will be at the parking lot of Bressler’s to collect coats from 9:30 a.m. to noon. (The Daily Herald/Amanda Golden)

Each year, the Tyrone Salvation Army Service Center collects winter coats for area families, and the Kiwanis Club of Tyrone is currently holding its annual coat drive through November 29.
All coats received during this time will be donated to the Tyrone office of the Salvation Army for use in northern Blair County.
Due to the early winter temperatures, there is an immediate need for both adult and children’s coats.
Between now and Friday, November 28, individuals interested in donating coats may do so by dropping them off in the lobby of District Judge Fred Miller’s office on Old Route 220. A collection area will be available in the lobby during regular office hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Another drop off point is Bressler’s Foodmart and Sports on 15th Street.
Also coats can always be taken directly to the Service Center, located on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Kiwanis coat drive will culminate on Saturday, November 29 when members will be at the parking lot of Bressler’s in Tyrone to collect coats from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
The Salvation Army will continue to collect and distribute coats throughout the winter.
Recently, the Salvation Army Service Center hours have expanded, tripling the time the doors are open to the public. It is currently open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Joe Ferraro, the new director, said with the expansion of hours, the number of volunteers has also increased. Ferraro was excited about the number of people stepping up to help this holiday season, but added that more volunteers are always needed. Ferraro also mentioned the service center is continuing to take names for Christmas toys.
Those out an about may have seen bell ringers manning their kettles at various stores throughout the area, but things will be in full swing after Thanksgiving, according to Ferraro. Local residents can expect to see volunteers at BiLo and the Family Dollar among other area businesses.
Kiwanis members will try their hands at bell ringing as well on Saturday, November 29 and Saturday, December 20.
“I’m not afraid to ring a bell,” said Ferraro said, “In fact, I will.”
Anyone interested in ringing a bell during the 2008 holiday season should contact Ferraro. Dates are from Monday, November 24 to Wednesday, December 24. Your smiling face and joyful heart could help raise the funds necessary to help those experiencing financial hardship in the community now and throughout the year.
For more information, or to volunteer, stop by the service center Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. or call 684-1664.

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