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October 1, 2012

Food bank collecting coats, blankets

THOMASVILLE — As the cool fall weather has come to South Seorgia, the Thomas County Food Bank and Outreach Center is collecting coats and blankets for their clients for the next two weeks.  This is a perfect time as it switch its clothes and bedding in preparation for the upcoming winter months to donate what you don’t use, to those in need. 

The Coat and Blanket Closet , open during the colder months, has met a need in the community.  This branch of the Thomasville Food Bank and Outreach Center started by long time resident and volunteer Diane Lawson has distributed more 6,000 coats and 7,000 blankets since it inception. In 2011, there were 2,674 coats donated, 1,171 to children and 1,405 to adults.  In that same year, 802 blankets were given to clients, although many more could have been since in 2010 1,286 blankets were distributed.

“Our hope is that those who know Diane and the work and love she put forth to this ministry will honor her through donations of coats, blankets and funds this season” said President Maryline Smith.  “It is important for the public to understand that our clients may live in homes that are not well insulated or may even lack heat.”

See Tuesday's edition for more details.

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