Annual Winter Coat Drive


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010

Nov. 10, 2004

 

Supervisor Hudgins and Reston Interfaith Partner for
Annual Winter Coat Drive

 

Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins and Reston Interfaith are partnering for the third consecutive year to sponsor the 2004 Hunter Mill District Winter Coat Closet for adults and children in need. Just in time for the cold season, the Winter Coat Closet opens Nov. 15 and ends Feb. 12, 2005.

“Through the generous contributions of the community, needed assistance will once again be given to those unable to otherwise shield themselves and their children from the winter elements,” commented Supervisor Hudgins when speaking about the compassion often seen in Hunter Mill District.

The Coat Closet will be open Mondays, 10 a.m. – noon; Thursdays, 5 – 8 p.m.; and Saturdays,
9 – 11 a.m. for donations and for those looking for a coat. Donations of new and “gently used” (i.e. in good condition and dry cleaned) winter coats will be accepted at the North County Governmental Center at 12000 Bowman Towne Drive in Reston during Coat Closet hours. Both child and adult sizes are needed (extra large is especially appreciated). All donations are tax deductible.

The closet is also in need of volunteers on Mondays, 10 a.m. – noon; Thursdays, 5 – 8 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 – 11 a.m. to assist clients in selecting coats, greeting donors, and sorting coat donations. Contact Faye Yu at 703-481-8276 or Faye.Yu@restoninterfaith.org if you are interested in being part of this volunteer effort.

The Coat Closet began in the winter of 2001 when a constituent stopped by the Hunter Mill District office with a need for a winter coat. He had been to another charitable location previously and had not been successful. He wanted to know if staff knew of another location that might be able to assist him. Having compassion for the situation, a staff member spoke with Supervisor Hudgins about using the community room during the day for distributing coats. Supervisor Hudgins thought it was a great idea and suggested partnering with Reston Interfaith.

Reston Interfaith, a nonprofit organization serving Northern Virginia, promotes self-sufficiency through support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality child care and other services. Founded in 1970 by area religious organizations to encourage the development of affordable housing for families and individuals in the area, the agency has since broadened its program scope and service area to address the most pressing social needs of our neighbors in Northern Virginia.

For more information, contact Martin Taylor in the office of Supervisor Hudgins at
703-478-0283, TTY 703-736-4460 or martin.taylor@fairfaxcounty.gov; or Meredith Young, Reston Interfaith, at 571-323-9566 or meredith.young@restoninterfaith.org.


 

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