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Coats ready for giveaway
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Youths from Trinity United Methodist Church show off some of the coats to be given away this Saturday, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., at the church at Broadway and Patton Road. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

After weeks of collecting coats, Trinity United Methodist Church is ready to conclude its Community Coat Redistribution project.
Anyone who wants a free used coat may come to the church at Broadway and Patton Road on Saturday, Sept. 28, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Everyone will be welcome, said Karla Essmiller with the church missions committee.
There are no income requirements and this is not a need-based program, Essmiller said. No questions will be asked.
The first part of the project, coat collection, ran from Sept. 1-21. Community members were encouraged to clean out their closets and bring gently used coats and jackets to Trinity United Methodist Church, 5700 Broadway Ave., or to any Great Bend USD 428 school, or to Master Cleaners, 4600 10th St. Pl.
“Other churches were on board this year,” Essmiller noted. Now in its third year, Trinity’s coat drive is expanding as a community-wide event. The goal is that a large number of coats will find new homes. She estimates there are between 750 and 1,000 coats.
Master Cleaners cleaned the coats at no charge, and the JC Penney store in Great Bend provided racks for hanging them. Master Cleaners has been doing this at Hays for a number of years.