Dec 3, 2010 8:19 PM by Monica Quintero (MP)

Local charity seeing spike in Santa Maria families needing warm coats

Catholic Charities is seeing a thrity percent spike in the number of families needing warm coats this winter in Santa Maria.

The 13th annual Kiwanis Coat Drive kicks off Monday.

It will run twice as long this year to meet a growing need.

Catholic Charities says the number of families requesting clothing assistance has increased by 30 percent.

The charity will distribute the coats in mid-December.

You can donate clean and gently worn coats to any Rabobank in Santa Maria and Orcutt.

Marilyn Randall, Rabobank, said, "We doubled the days because we found that there was more need. Also, we were continuing to get coats delivered to the offices after we had stopped each year."

Coats of all sizes are needed.

The drive runs through December 15th.


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