A chance to warm up

Winter coats are be­ing dis­trib­uted at the Y this week­end, as many as 500 may be given away

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - From staff reports

The gen­eros­ity of Ro­mans is be­ing wit­nessed this week­end as the Rome-Floyd County YMCA dis­trib­utes hun­dreds of winter coats to in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies in need.

Coats col­lected for the One Warm Coat drive have been do­nated by mem­bers of the Y and oth­ers over the last sev­eral weeks. There is no fee in­volved, no pa­per­work to fill out, just one coat per per­son, ac­cord­ing to Ch­eryl Bishop, di­rec­tor of de­vel­op­ment at the Y.

“It’s hum­bling that so many folks come out and help,” said Amy Pat­ter­son, membership di­rec­tor at the Y. “This says a lot about the home­less­ness and poverty level in our com­mu­nity that peo­ple rely on this ev­ery year.”

Pat­ter­son said peo­ple start calling the Y about the time colder weather starts to set in each year to find out when coats will be given out.

Pat­ter­son said that sev­eral groups are col­lect­ing coats for dis­tri­bu­tion and mem­bers of the YMCA have been tremen­dous with re­spect to mak­ing do­na­tions. Greater Rome Bank, the St. Mary’s Catholic Church youth and Rome Ex­change Club were among the or­ga­ni­za­tions help­ing to col­lect coats. Pat­ter­son said that be­fore the dis­tri­bu­tion ends Sun­day, she ex­pects as many as 500 coats to have been do­nated to the cam­paign

Coats were given away Fri­day at the Y and are avail­able today from 9 a.m. un­til 5 p.m. and Sun­day, if any re­main, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

/ John Bai­ley

Ex­change Club mem­bers Amy Pat­ter­son (left) and Scot­tie Ed­wards load up coats do­nated by the civic club to the Y’s coat drive.

/ John Bai­ley

Above: Coats for adults as well as kids are avail­able at the YMCA coat drive. In­set: Vol­un­teers sort through coats at the YMCA at 810 E. Second Ave. on Fri­day morn­ing.

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