DECATUR — The temperatures will soon be dropping.
But before they do, now is the time to drop off any good, used and new children’s coats from the closets.
Dove Inc. along with WAND-TV are hosting the 30th annual Coats for Kids coat drive. Coats can be dropped off at various locations throughout Decatur until Nov. 30.
Barb Blakey, organizer of Coats for Kids, prepares the drop-off bin at the Decatur Public Library.
One of the bin locations will be at the
Decatur Public Library, a tradition since the donation sites became available in the community.
“I’m just used to seeing it here,” said Carol Ziese, head of the library’s technical services. “We’ve done it for 30 years.”
The library is a central location for many in the community. “Our staff brings coats in, our patrons bring coats in,” Ziese said. “And they’re all here in one place.”
Volunteers retrieve the coats periodically from the locations, according to Barb Blakey, organizer of Coats for Kids. The easy locations are important to the community. “Families who have coats to donate need to be able to do that,” she said.
One of the Coats for Kids bins sits in the Decatur Public Library.
Distribution of the coats will be available at a later date. Those who are interested in receiving a coat should visit Dove, Inc. website —
doveinc.org — for dates and locations.
Participating cleaners include Peerless Cleaners, Pride Cleaners and Launderers and Waite’s Dry Cleaners and Launderers.
Although the coats have been collected for 30 years, including during the pandemic, the need has not changed, Blakey said. “The kids are still needing coats,” she said. “And we still have clothing rooms that are blessing this community by helping year-round.”
The need for a coat may draw people in, but that is not the only necessity, according to Blakey. “They may pick up socks, jeans and other items,” she said about the services. “This might be their first opportunity looking for help like this.”
Although children are the focus of the yearly event, good coats of all sizes are not rejected. “Kids’ coats, that’s the size we need more of,” Blakey said. “But we’re sure happy to get coats of all sizes and take them to clothing rooms.”
“And some adult sizes will fit kids,” Ziese said.
Coats for Kids coat drive
The 30th Annual Coats for Kids will be accepting Good, used and new coats through November 30 at these locations:
Decatur Family YMCA Decatur Public Library Airport Plaza Kroger Brettwood Plaza Kroger Land of Lincoln Credit Union locations Longcreek Township Richland Community College St. Teresa High School WAND Station
History photos: Past winters in Decatur
1981: Old Man Winter even has some exercise for people who prefer not to sled or ski. It involves pushing stalled cars.
1985: Mr. Snowman in his element.
1986: Four boys use the snow to build a wall and turret.
1986: It was abound to happen, and on Sunday, it did. Central Illinoisans, hit with a 7.5-inch snowfall, searched for shovels, snow blowers and boots that some, in an optimistic mood, might have put away for the year. As the snow swirled, Joan Pangric of Decatur shoveled her driveway. Others were content to enjoy the Sunday snowfall from the warm confines of their homes.
1986: Ken Wait and his son, Matthew, 2, went sledding at Nelson Park Friday. Ken said his wife, Nancy, was at a retreat and he wanted to show her what fun he had as a weekend father. So he recorded the fun with a VCR camera.
1986: Matt Voelker, 13, and Clint Wood, 11, tunnel through a pile of snow near the parkign lot at West Mound Apartments. Their goal was to build an igloo.
1987: Part of the fun of winter is sliding on a sled on snow terrain. But if your sled happens to be a station wagon, and the road has a layer of fresh, snow-covered ice, you can end up like this. With Debbie Sund behind the wheel, Mike Sund, left, Jeremy Cribbs and Chuck Sund try to push the car out of the muck Monday in Decatur. It wasn't a great way to start the week, but they did manage to free the car.
1983: Header over heels in the snow at Nelson Park in Decatur are Joe Alexander, 11, left, and Clayton Bleavins, 10, right.
1981: Snow-laden tres arch over West Main Street near the Monroe Street intersection as cars fight the slush.
1987: Eric Scheiter gets back into his car after inspecting a traffic light he slide into at Main and Grand. "I stepped on the brakes and nothing happened," he said.
1983: Mother Nature left no doubt that the Lawn and Garden Expo at the Civic Center is still nearly a week away.
1984: Snow clings tot he ties at William Street crossing.
1984: Kevin Hardy, 13, seems to be doing all the work as brother Bryant, 6, and Renee Taylor, 10 supervise. They were shoeveilng steps and sidewalk Sunday for Fladys Anderson. The boys are sons of Geraldine Hardy, and Renee's mother is Joann Jackson.
1985: Winds gusting to nearly 40 mph, coupled with intermittent snow flurries, sharply reduced visibility over much of Central Illinois on Monday. Thsi home, on Twin Lakes Road west of Decatur, is nearly obscured as the powdery snow is driven across the fields. The winds are expected to ease today, becoming southwest to south at 10 to 18 mph. High s are expected to be in the mid to upper 20s under mostly sunny skies. Not so cold tonight, with lows 20 to 25.
1987: Guard Steve Sprague sweeps a walk in front of Soy Capital Bank, downtown Decatur.
1990: In the aftermath of Sunday's 7 1/2-inch snowfall, beast and man alike could be found outdoros Monday enjoying the winter scenery. A rabbit, who appears to have had his head buried in the snow, looks up alertly along the Fitzgerald Road.
1981: Jack Frost was up to his old tricks in Decatur Tuesday and Wednesday, using his brusehs to bedeck trees and bushes with crystalline caots befitting the holiday season. This solitary tree in Nelson Park sparkled in the bright sun on Wednesday, giving residents weary of snow and slush a chance to see a prettier side of winter. Joyce Kilmer's poem, by the way, goes on to say, "a poem lovely as a tree."
1987: A Percheron, taking a drink from a country stream near Bethany, makes as pretty of a winter as can be imagined. The horse is one-half of a working team owned by Warren and Denny Ferguson, a feather and son from Bethany.
1982: Area crews are ready to tackle streets in the shape that W. Center Stret was in last Feb. 1
1982: Snow-clogged streets present a hazard for motorists and pedestrians.
1983: Snow didn't hamper Nick Burton's jogging routine.
1987: A lone Decatur pedestrian seems lost in a cloud as heavy snow hit Central Illinois.
1987: A blanket of snow and the steel gray skies of mid-January add a somber cast to this lakeside study of Decatur. A sentinel of city industry, the A.E. Staley Mfg. Co. office building, stands on the right, adn the Ship's Gallery retographer aimed north across Lake Decatur.
1987: Jim Roach crawls out of his snow dome.
1941: This scene near the large pavilion in Fairview park was one of the most beautiful still remaining today from the season's first fall of snow Saturday night. The snow was so wet that, despite some thawing yesterday, many trees and shrubs were still heavily loaded this morning.
1961: Nature presents Christmas card scenes in city parks, but there was slush and ice elsewhere.
1980: Central Park looks serene in the holiday snow.
1929: Nelson Park. Lake Drive looking West.
1958: This snow-covered bridge goes unused and the flowers that bloom in the spring in Nelson Park rock garden will have to wait another week and three days. Spring comes to Decatur March 21. Last night's snowfall shows that winter is jealously clinging to its allotted time.
1981: This tranquil scene in Nelson Park gave little hint of the havoc the storm caused.
1951: Winter wonderland in November describes this Nelson park snow scene. Heavy snows early this week completely blanketed the park. The rock garden railing on the left is all the distinguishes ther ock garden from the rest of the snow covered area.
1950: This is the scene offered today at Decatur's Nelson park. The steps and trees near the entrance to the park's rock garden are all wrapped up in snow-along with everything else in Central Illinois.
1947: Snow fell last night, covering Decatur with a blanket of white that was soon ground to slush in the heart of the city as the business peopel and the shoppers waded through it. But out in Fairview park it was still unsullied at noon.
1939: The Stevens Creek addition to Fairview park this morning truly was a winter wonderland following last night's four-inch snowfall. Thsi view is typical. The snow, which was wet when it began to fall, clung heavily to the trees.
1961: Fairview Park. Nature presents Christmas card scenes in city parks, but there was slush and ice elsewhere.
1960: Roadway in Fairview Park.
1947: A small stream winding through the snow-blanketed landscape is always in inspiration for the pictorial photographer in winter. Here, the cold sunlight brilliantly highlights the banks along partly-frozen Stevens creek in Fairview park, in sharp conrast to the shadows cast by overhanging trees. The photograph was taken Saturday morning, after the winter's worst storm had transformed the dull browns and grays into a land of snowy, icy, enchantment.
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