Adapting to ‘Share the Warmth’ this year

Courtesy photo: More than 1,200 coats were given to children and adults this year, thanks to the Salvation Army of Brookings County’s Share the Warmth project.

BROOKINGS – The Salvation Army of Brookings County was able to give over 1,200 children and adults needed winter coats and items through their drive-through Share the Warmth event on Oct. 14 and 15, thanks to the generosity of those in the community.

“We couldn’t have done it without the many people who donated items and helped out. We had over 250 volunteers who helped sort, pack and distribute items over the last two months. The event was only two days, but it took many hands and hours to make the event a success,” said Shayna Rohl, chairperson. 

Due to COVID-19, the event this year was a drive-through where families could pick up their pre-packed items after they completed an online registration through the Helpline Center or by turning in a registration form. Donations of items were collected over a two-month period.

“We do our best to sort and pack donated items and then purchase some of the missing items, especially for elementary students,” said volunteer Laura Ellsworth. “This program was really started to make sure elementary kids have the appropriate winter gear to safely play at recess and get to and from school. Over the years, it quickly evolved to serving all ages with donated items from our community.”

If you or someone you know is still in need of items, there is a limited selection at The Salvation Army of Brookings County office. Call 692-8863 to schedule a time to stop in. 

The Salvation Army receives financial support from The Larson Family Foundation, Brookings Area United Way, the annual bell ringing campaign, and many other generous supporters.

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