ALPENA, Mich — The cold weather is setting in and it’s nearly time to bring those winter coats back out. The Salvation Army has been on a mission to ensure residents of northeast Michigan have coats that will get them through the season.
The organization’s Share the Warmth coat collection started a year ago, with a big push to collect more coats going into effect over the last few weeks. Captain of the Salvation Army, Amy Cedervall, says members of the organization know just how brutal the weather can be. That’s why there are few restrictions on who is eligible to take home a coat.
“We don’t have any income requirements for this. We feel that it’s a colder area in northern Michigan and if somebody needs a coat, we’re going to do what we can to get them a coat.”
The deadline to donate coats was scheduled for Friday, but Cedervall says donations will be accepted up until the day of the giveaway.
“At this point, we probably have a good 150, 200 coats. We still are receiving them. Our volunteers will be super busy on Monday to get everything sized and make it easy to find what they need to.”
Area residents can stop by the Salvation Army church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a warm coat and a selection of other winter clothing items.