EDMOND, Okla. - Everyone should have a warm coat.
Our In Your Corner team continues to collect gently-used and new coats for Oklahoma kids and adults needing help staying warm.
Our Warmth 4 Winter campaign spans more than three decades.
Find metro coat drop-off locations here.
Brad Edwards was such a kind man, who noticed kids out in the bitter cold without coats.
Each year, we dish out thousands of coats to people in need, but first, the gently-used ones must get cleaned at Legacy Cleaners & Laundry.
“Then, we were asked to do it. I just felt privileged to do it,” owner Monte Turrentine said. “Being a business owner and helping the community, supporting the community. It's just a great opportunity for us.”
“We're seeing the need is already grown since last year and the year prior,” Two Men and a Truck's co-owner, Adam Mecke, said. “More trucks will get dedicated to it, more crews.”
Mecke remembers being a child and on the receiving end of a coat donation.
“Getting that, it didn't matter where it came from,” he said. “It was the fact I had it. It was confidence going into the classroom knowing I had a coat [and was] warm.”
The number of children and adults needing help seems to go up every year.
Dee Watts from The Salvation Army remembers giving a coat to a young girl who had just lost everything in a house fire.
“We got them coats,” she said. “The joy that was on that child's face said, ‘Ooh, I have my own coat and it's mine and it doesn't smell like smoke.”
Here's your chance to look inside your closet to find a coat you can share.
You can drop off your gently used or new coat donation at a Legacy Cleaners near you or at one of our official Warmth 4 Winter drop-off locations around town.
Here's a list of coat drop-off locations around town.