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Warming up

The Coat Rack enters fifth year of keeping people warm

by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider

KEEPING GODíS CHILDREN WARM is mission of The Coat Rack, which is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. or by appointment. Tim Croes. (click for larger version)
September 18, 2012
ALTON — Five years ago, Joan Decelle, Lise Patrick, Pat Jones, Joanne Moody and Joan Harper were working out of a garage at the St. Katharine Drexel parish.

Jump ahead to present day and The Coat Rack is going into its fifth year. The women are now housed in a heated room thanks to generous donations of more than $12,000 and the donation of the space by the head of the church. The Coat Rack was started to give families in need a way to provide the needed winter clothes to get through the harsh Granite State winters.

The Coat Rack is currently in need of donations including; coats, sweaters, warm hats, boots for children and adults, gloves, new underwear and socks and other various items. Boots are the most difficult thing to obtain for the shop.

It's important to note that the Coat Rack provides families in need with clothes for the winter and is not a thrift store.

Throughout the coming months, different fundraisers will be held including a Halloween party, an Italian dinner where gift baskets will be raffled off and other events.

The women started accepting donations in August, and with the cold temperatures already here, they are seeing people coming in looking for clothes.

Pat Jones, one of the volunteers, has managed to work together with local department stores to purchase brand new clothes that will assist in providing clothing for families in need.

The mission statement of The Coat Rack is "Keeping God's Children Warm," and anyone interested in making a donation can stop by on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or call 875-2548 to make an appointment.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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