Albany 2013 One Warm Coat project under way

Second Harvest of South Georgia and Central Monitoring coordinate coat effort in Albany

ALBANY — Winter is approaching, and local organizations are working to prevent anyone from having to go without such a basic necessity as a coat.

Central Monitoring is teaming up with the Second Harvest of South Georgia to collect new and gently used coats to distribute free to local children and adults.

The Albany “One Warm Coat” project is being held in collaboration with a national endeavor with the same name. Coats of all sizes are welcome; children’s sizes are most needed.

“The program is an easy way for all of us to pass along coats and jackets that we no longer need,” Central Monitoring Owner/President Judy Randle said. “Our donations of something so simple and so essential may very well turn out to be the best holiday gift received by many people in our community.”

With the help of the Albany Fire Department, Central Monitoring is making donating a coat simple: Coats may be taken to any Albany fire station or to Central Monitoring’s headquarters at 522 Pine Ave. From there, Central Monitoring will collect the coats and give them to the Second Harvest, which will distribute them locally.

While this important community project will continue through the holiday season, the sooner the coats are donated, the sooner they will be provided to families that need them. So we encourage people to make the donations now.

The Albany “One Warm Coat” project will run through Jan. 15. The One Warm Coat hotline is 229-434-1176.