HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital getting ready for winter clothing drive

Eau Claire (WQOW)- Temperatures may be in the mid 80s, but HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is already getting ready for the winter with its annual coat and blanket drive.

Staff is looking for people to donate new or gently used winter coats, snowsuits, blankets and anything else that will keep people warm during the winter. 

These items will go to infants, children and adults so they need all different sizes. 

The collection begins on September 1, so now is a good time to start going through all your winter clothes. 

"I don’t think anyone wants to think about somebody who’s cold in the winter, or when you see somebody who doesn’t have proper attire," said Mary Pengra, director of volunteer services at HSHS Sacred Heart. "Wisconsin weather can get pretty bitter. When you think of someone who is out there in the elements exposing themselves to the cold because they don’t have the proper means to care for themselves, our hospital has always been mission centered."

Pengra said you can drop off your donations at the main lobby and colleague entrance at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital as well as the King’s Closet on Thursdays. 

She said the distribution will be on October 6 at Redeeming Grace Church in Eau Claire. 

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