Messenger Staff Report
For the 20th year, St. Vincent de Paul will brighten the winter cold with its annual coat drive. With the help of WLWT, Warm98 and Gold Star Chili, St. Vincent de Paul began collecting coats in early October and will continue collecting coats through the end of January.
This year, coat collection sites are limited to drop-offs at St. Vincent de Paul stores throughout Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. In Northern Kentucky, select community fire departments and local businesses — Arlinghaus Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning and Payroll Partners — have also joined the effort. A list of drop-off points can be found at svdpnky.org. Monetary donations are also appreciated to supplement material donations and can be made on the Gold Star and St. Vincent de Paul websites.
Additionally, Scarf It Up For Those In Need has donated hats, gloves and scarves again this year. Thanks to the generosity of the local community, St. Vincent de Paul Northern Kentucky distributed 2,000 donated coats to children and adults during distribution days last winter. This year’s goal is to distribute 2,200 in Northern Kentucky communities.
Typically, St. Vincent de Paul would host several events to distribute the coats. This year, due to the pandemic, individuals in need of a coat can contact the St. Vincent de Paul helpline at (859) 341-3219 to request a voucher to redeem for a coat in the Erlanger, Florence or Falmouth locations. Coats will be distributed through the network of stores through the end of February.
St. Vincent de Paul NKY is being joined by the Northern Kentucky Safety Net Alliance to provide more places to donate and to distribute to those in need. The Safety Net Alliance is expanding collection efforts to also include blankets, Hot Hands, gloves, scarves and hats to ensure that those who cannot make it to a store, such as the homeless, will be able to get the warm gear they need to be safe and healthy this winter.