First Coat Bank Weekend Event Set for Saturday

First Coat Bank Weekend Event Set for Saturday

ROCK SPRINGS — When Rock Springs Housing Authority employees heard of a need to distribute coats on the weekend, they didn’t hesitate to find a way to make it happen.

While coats can be picked up anytime at the RS Housing Authority on 233 C Street between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, for the first time coats will be distributed on a Saturday.

The RS Housing Authority is hosting a weekend Coat Bank on Saturday, October 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families in need of winter coats can stop by 233 C Street for a proper fitting. A fitting is required to make sure the coat fits the person properly.

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Even though the coat drive has been taking place for years, this is the first time coat distribution will take place on Saturday.

April Thompson from RS Housing Authority said they decided to expand the coat bank on Saturday so they can reach more people. Thompson said they were told a lot of people cannot make it to their office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week day for a coat fitting and pickup.

Knowing they may be missing people in need of coats, the employees decided to offer a coat bank day on a Saturday.

“All we want to do is keep people warm,” Thompson said.

It’s important for the person receiving the coat to visit the office for fitting. She said they really want to make sure each person, child or adult, receives a coat that fits well.

“Kids grow quickly and a size 8 shirt doesn’t equate to a size 8 coat,” Thompson said.

On average, the RS Housing Authority give out around 100 coats per year, however that number varies depending on the county’s economic status. When times are tough, they give out more coats. In 2016, they gave nearly 170 people coats.

“It’s an amazing program,” Thompson said.

Donations

The RS Housing Authority is still accepting new or gently-used winter coats, Thompson said. They do not accept fleece or hoodie because those types of jackets are not heavy enough for Wyoming’s harsh winters.

Thompson said the clients wearing the jackets often stand outside waiting to the STAR Transit Bus to pick them up or a school bus. Oftentimes, their clients do not have any vehicles and they walk to shop or take the STAR bus, which means they need a heavy coat to combat the weather.

Thompson said they could really use larger sizes for both adults and kids. Often times, preteens will wear a women’s or men’s medium, so the adult coats go to kids, which creates an even bigger need for adult coats. Adult sizes needed are small through 3XL.

For more information, contact the RS Housing Authority at 307-352-1471.