22nd Annual October Coat Drive Collecting Gently Used Coats Through Oct. 31

Jordan Garrand and Bryn Morgan organizing some of last year's donations

Jordan Garrand and Bryn Morgan organizing some of last year's donations

With the fall chill in the air, many people are pulling out warm coats for the season and perhaps even buying new ones. Others in the community, however, don't have the resources to keep their families warm this winter, and they need help from friends, neighbors, and community members.

The Dutchess Outreach Susan DeKeukelaere Annual Coat Drive, sponsored by Guardian Self Storage, has been collecting and distributing thousands of gently used coats to people in need for the past two decades, and the need is ever-growing. Last year, the drive collected over 8,000 coats and still had to turn people away!

This year, make a huge difference in someone's life simply by donating an extra coat. Did your child outgrow last year's parka? Donate it! How about that ski jacket you don't need anymore? You'll appreciate the extra space in your closet, and you'll keep someone warm all winter. All clean coats in good condition are welcome, though the need is greatest for adult plus sizes and children's coats. 

The drive is going on through October 31, and there several convenient collection places. The closest Guardian Self Storage to Beacon is located at 1078 Route 9 in Fishkill. You can also drop off donations at All Sport Health and Fitness, located at 17 Old Main St. in Fishkill, and at several local schools. For more information, contact Judy Motter at jmotter@guardianselfstorage.com.