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Local businesses look to keep people warm

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 by Trish Smith

Author: Michelle Mitchell

From News Virginian:

WAYNESBORO-Do you have any extra clean, gently used coats lying around? As the winter months roll around, the temperature continues to drop. A few local businesses hope to help keep people warm over the winter and need the community’s help.

The Solutions Place Coat Drive is currently underway. It’s a project jointly run by Reo Logistics and PPI TimeZero, with officials hoping the Waynesboro community opens their hearts and gives coats for a good cause. The two local businesses teamed up this year with One Warm Coat, an organization created to help provide coats for people in need.

They encourage people to raid their closets for coats they could spare to get rid of. If someone in need receives a coat, they can put their money towards other needs. Officials from the two companies pointed out a coat could be the difference between life and death with the freezing temperatures.

“Our drive is to help our local community and make sure each and every person has a coat to keep them warm,” Laura Davis, executive assistant at Reo Logistics, said. “This is our first year, but we intend to make this a new tradition, in addition to the other annual donations and drives we do each year.”

In terms of numbers, Davis said they need as many as they can get, but the goal this year is to collect 100 coats in the community.

“However,” she added, “we believe with the community’s help, we can overshoot this goal by far.”

Coats may be dropped off at 1 Solutions Way in Waynesboro, located in the Genicom building, just off Hopeman Parkway. Coats are collected Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The deadline is January 31.

The coats need to be in clean and good condition and can be in any size. They collect both children and adult sizes. Right now, there’s not one designated charity where the coats will go to, but the list includes both local churches and the Valley Mission in Staunton.

“It's important that the community donates because you are helping your fellow neighbors, co-workers, and family even,” Davis said. “The need we are working towards is local people you could pass on the street not a donation sent states away. It is a donation you can and will see make a difference right here in our community!”

Michelle Mitchell is a reporter and photographer for the News Virginian. She may be reached at or twitter at @MichelleTNV.

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