Enquirer Herald

Coat donation drive warms up today

YORK -- Warm your heart and warm someone else by donating your new and gently used coats today [Dec 4] at the Tender Hearts Thrift Store.

Penny Lemberger, a Tender Hearts volunteer, is spearheading the store's coat drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"We see so many families in need, and we just don't have enough coats to go around," she said. "It's really heartbreaking when someone comes in with a child and there isn't one that fits. Most people just can't afford a new, $50 coat."

Drop off coats, gloves, hats and scarves at the donation at 511 Kings Mountain St. in York. You'll feel good, plus you'll get a receipt for a tax donation.

If you're 18 and over and can't make today's coat drive, head over to The Money in Rock Hill on Dec. 11 at 9 p.m.

Michelle Rock, 22, who grew up in York and graduated from Winthrop University, is organizing a fundraiser at The Money. You can either pay a $5 cover charge or bring a child's coat (new or gently used). The night club is located at 110 S. Cherry Road.

"It's the last week before holiday break," Rock said, "and we're hoping lots of students will come out to support us. We'd love to get a good crowd."

There will be live music at the beginning of the night, Rock said, and a DJ later on.

This is the second year Rock has helped with the fundraiser.

"Last year my brother and I and our friends were able to buy a whole bunch of coats with the money donated," she said.

Proceeds and coats go to a crisis assistance center in Waxhaw, N.C.

-- by Cheney Baltz for the Enquirer-Herald