Helping keep Harlan County residents warm this winter, the Harlan Rotary Club and Hilltop Ministry will once again team up for their annual “Coat Drive.”
Thanks to the generosity of residents and others outside the county, approximately 3,400 coats were collected and distributed last year for this project.
“We are looking for gently-used, freshly laundered coats,” said Hilltop Ministry Director Glenn Marlow. “Last year we had Dry Cleaning Plus who helped us wash and clean the coats, but this year they are out of business and unable to help.”
Marlow said anyone wanting to donate coats, shoes, toys, or non-perishable food items may do so by dropping them off at Hilltop Ministry, located at 204 County Pike in Loyall.
“I have a locked drop box outside the building where you can drop items off,” said Marlow. “Please don’t leave bags or boxes just sitting on the porch because they run the risk of being stolen. As soon as you drop the items off or before you do, please call me at 606-573-5060 or 909-5233, seven days a week 24-hours a day. If you can’t make it to our building call me and we can make other arrangements.”
Hilltop Ministry will host roadblocks asking for donations to purchase coats and other items on Nov. 3 and Nov. 7 and again on Dec. 1 and Dec. 5 at the Walmart/Don’s Super Saver bridge in Harlan.
“We are very excited to partner with Hilltop Ministries again this year and hope the project is as big of a success this year as it has been in the past,” said new Rotary President Drenda Crider. “We would like to thank the community for the help and support, without them this would not be possible.”
Marlow added, “In the Bible it says in Deuteronomy 15:11: ‘For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’ This is why we do this every year. Our desire is to help those in our community who are having a tough time. With an economic downturn in the coal industry, we have a lot of people out of work who just need a little help. Open your hearts to this need and God will surely bless your efforts.”
Hilltop Ministry will distribute items donated from their location in Loyall and at their annual “Happy Birthday Jesus” Christmas event, which will be held this year on Dec. 12 at James A Cawood Elementary School, in Harlan.
Reach Nola Sizemore at 606-573-4510 or on Twitter @Nola_hde