Salvation Army annual winter coat, blanket drive begins

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - With cold temperatures on the way, Naughton's Plumbing, Heating and Cooling and Burlington Coat Factory in partnership with The Salvation Army is kicking off their Annual Winter Coat and Blanket Drive on Friday, November 1, at all five Naughton's locations and two Burlington's locations.

With temperatures expected to drop in the next few weeks, a reduction in needed resources – especially coats and blankets, and a growing number of displaced families on the streets and in shelters, donations of items like new & used gloves, scarves, blankets and coats are of extreme importance. "Not only do the homeless need winter items but due to the economic downturn, we are finding more and more families and elderly in their homes without heat and unable to pay these utilities. Coats and blankets are going to become very important to these people as well," says Shawna Kroh, The Salvation Army Public Relations Director.

Donations of new and gently used coats, warm clothing, mittens, gloves, scarves and blankets for Tucson's less fortunate may be dropped off at any of the five Naughton's locations:

- North:  1140 W. Prince

- South:  4226 S. 6th Ave.

- East:  6202 E. Speedway

- Southeast: 8190 E. 22nd St.

- Northwest: 3936 W. Costco Dr.

Or Burlington's Locations:

- East: 3595 E. Broadway Blvd.

- South: 3640 S. 16th Ave.

These needed winter resources are distributed to anyone in need through The Salvation Army's Hospitality House, 1021 N. 11th. (Donations may also be dropped off at the shelter.) The drive will continue through March 2014.

Other holiday and winter donations in short supply are new, unwrapped toys, frozen turkeys and frozen, pre-baked pies (for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Community dinners.) Donations of such items are being accepted at The Salvation Army (1001 N. Richey) or by calling 795-9671.

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