In the middle of their second annual Coats for Kids drive, Bulloch Lions Club volunteers and Andrews Klean Korner prepared about 150 coats for distribution to the needy Wednesday in response to this week's unseasonably cold temperatures.
"Obviously this cold weather is going to increase the need for coats," said Bulloch Lions President Jim Thibodeau.
Representatives from Worn Threads, the charity-driven used clothing store on Denmark Street, came by the Klean Korner store on North College St. Wednesday afternoon and took about 150 coats to the store.
The biggest distribution of coats remains slated for the week before Christmas, and coats will continue to be accepted through Dec. 25, Thibodeau said. Used and new coats, in all sizes, are accepted, at all four of Andrews Klean Korner's locations in Statesboro. But the Lions Club has made a special appeal for donations of children's coats this year.
Eddie Stephens, owner of Andrews Klean Korner, confirmed Wednesday that 300 coats were received so far. He said about 150 were cleaned and those coats were transferred to Worn Threads, which serves as the central distribution point for the coats. Son's Light Baptist Church Mission, and Portal Storehouse also help distribute coats, as do Bulloch County school system employees who identify children in need.
Last year's drive took in about 1,700 coats, of which 1,300 were selected as usable and distributed to people in Bulloch County.