Coats for Kids volunteers set two distribution dates

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Tom Turnipseed stands in front of cases of coats from Operation Warm in Indiana. Each case contains six coats in specific sizes and gender. An assortment of new coats Carroll County Coats for Kids has received this year are displayed on the chairs. (FPS/Leigh Ann Rutledge)

Area volunteers are gearing up for Carroll County Coats for Kids distribution days.

The first distribution days will be Nov. 10 and 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tom Turnipseed Allstate Insurance Agency, located at 160 2nd St., SW, Carrollton. The second distribution days are scheduled for Dec. 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church Hall on Moody Ave., Carrollton.

Tom Turnipseed stands in front of cases of coats from Operation Warm in Indiana. Each case contains six coats in specific sizes and gender. An assortment of new coats Carroll County Coats for Kids has received this year are displayed on the chairs. (FPS/Leigh Ann Rutledge)
Tom Turnipseed stands in front of cases of coats from Operation Warm in Indiana. Each case contains six coats in specific sizes and gender. An assortment of new coats Carroll County Coats for Kids has received this year are displayed on the chairs. (FPS/Leigh Ann Rutledge)

Tom Turnipseed spearheads a committee of volunteers who collect donated items and raise funds for the program. The program is not affiliated with any civic organization.

Turnipseed said approximately 250 coats are distributed yearly, from newborn size to adult. In 2014, 400 coats were handed out. Often times when an adult brings children in for coats they will ask if the adult needs a coat and will provide one if able.

Anyone wishing to donate new or gently used coats, hats or gloves, can drop them off at the insurance agency, Ashton’s 5 & 10 on W. Main St., Carrollton, or Consumer’s National Bank and Warner and Warner on Canton Rd., Carrollton. Monetary donations can also be presented at those locations.

Turnipseed, who has been involved with the program since 2009, said volunteers send donation letters to area businesses and individuals who donated the previous year. The group works with Operation Warm of Indiana, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide new coats for kids in need. The donation letter explains for a donation of $118, Carroll County Coats for Kids can purchase a case of six coats. Cases can be ordered by specific sizes and gender.

“No one in need of a coat is turned away,” Turnipseed said. “This is a group effort.”

Volunteers helping Turnipseed include Elaine Painting of Ashton’s 5 &10, Michele Catlett and Bev Newell of Consumer’s National Bank, Debbie Haugh and Robin Warner, Warner & Warner Inc. and Jan Kennedy. Numerous other volunteers also assist with the program.