Rockdale County Probate Judge Charles Mays has joined forces with the Hero Foundation, Inc. a local nonprofit, to collect and distribute clean, gently used winter coats during the months of December and January.
The U.S. Census bureau indicates that one American child in five lives in poverty. Often, parents and other adults must choose between household expenses and warm coats for their children or themselves. Without proper protection from the cold, children stay home from school and adults become house-bound.
Mays said, "This coat drive offers a unique and rewarding way for all of us to come together as a community and contribute to the health and well-being of our neighbors. Every coat helps--and everyone who gives one discovers how great it feels to provide that help."
"I challenge other leaders and civic organizations to join us this winter as we Share the Warmth throughout this county. As more and more children and adults experience economic challenges, the need for warm coats grows. As those with extra coats in their closets help their neighbors in need, the community becomes a warmer place for all," said Mays.
Donated coats should be clean, with zippers and fasteners present and in good working condition. Donors can drop off coats at the following location: 1240 Hwy 138, Conyers, Georgia 30294. Collection hours are generally Thursdays through Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. All donations will be distributed to residents of Conyers and Rockdale County. Residents seeking warm coats can contact us for more information at (404) 593-0040.