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ForKids to Distribute Coats for WAVY Coats for Families Drive

Updated: Dec 1, 2019


This article was taken from WAVY.com.


Thousands in Hampton Roads struggle to stay warm each winter and sadly, the numbers continue to rise. For 27 years, WAVY-TV 10 remains the only local station in the region providing a solution to the problem by collecting NEW or gently used coats for people all ages and sizes. Once again, local businesses, non-profits, churches, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, and Entercom Radio group team up to make the mission possible. November 15 to February 9.


You can donate a new or gently used coat at any Albano Cleaners, Hampton Roads Honda, First Advantage Federal Credit Union, Johns Brothers Security, Dillard’s, Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group, Commonwealth Rapid Dry and at WAVY-TV 10, WVBT-TV FOX43 studios in Portsmouth.


Coats for Families is fueled by the warm hearts of 10 On Your Side’s long-time partner Albano Cleaners. Albano Cleaners’ main headquarters in Norfolk ensures EVERY gently used coat is cleaned from Southside to the Peninsula. After cleaning, the coats are delivered to 10 On Your Side distribution partners by Harrison’s Moving & Storage and the Hiram Lodge.


Everyone in need has MORE opportunity to receive a coat this winter, as 10 On Your Side’s distribution partners have grown, yet again! New this season, 10 On Your Side is partnering with Oak Grove Baptist Church and For Kids in Suffolk, and the Portsmouth YMCA to distribute coats. Returning distribution locations include; Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center and Chestnut Memorial Church in Newport News, Judeo Christian Outreach Center and Samaritan House in Virginia Beach, HER Shelter in Portsmouth and Chesapeake, The Salvation Army in Norfolk and CHIP of South Hampton Roads in South Norfolk. The dates and hours of coat distributions varies at each location, for more please read below.


ForKids SUFFOLK For Kids will be distributing coats to people of all ages & sizes at their Suffolk location only. Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 9am-1pm Wednesday, Dec. 11th, 12-4pm Contact: Becky Lyle Pinkard 757-622-6400 ext:102 119 W. Constance Rd., Suffolk, VA 23434 www.forkids.org Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church NEWPORT NEWS Saturday – December 14, 2019 10am – 2pm Contact:  Sandra Elder 757-595-6531 1024 Harpersville Rd. Newport News, Virginia 23601 https://chestnutmemorialumc.org/

YMCA High Street PORTSMOUTH Saturday – December 14, 2019 10am – 2pm Contact: Richard Wentz 483-9622 4900 High Street West Portsmouth, VA 23703 rwentz@ymcashr.org

YMCA South Hampton Roads Saturday, December 21 10am – 2pm Saturday, January 19 10am – 2pm Contact: Doris Cobb 757-962-5538, 757-535-5327 (cell) dcobb@ymcashr.org

Tom & Ann Hunnicutt Family YMCA Saturday, November 16, 9am – Noon Saturday, December 7, 9am – Noon Contact:Theresa Beal 757-245-0047 ext:213 www.peninsulaymca.org

Mt. Trashmore Family Y  441 South Boulevard Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Greenbrier Family Y 1033 Greenbrier Parkway Chesapeake, Va 23320

Effingham Street Family Y 1013 Effingham Street Portsmouth, VA 23704

Y on Granby 2901 Granby Street Norfolk, Va 23504

CHIP of South Hampton Roads CHESAPEAKE CHIP of South Hampton Roads will distribute coats to all ages every Tuesday and Thursday from Dec 5 – Feb 20. They will not distribute on Thursday, December 12 and Tuesday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 31. Tuesday 10am – 2pm Thursday 10am – 2pm Contact: Marcella Classen 757-543-9100 1302 Jefferson St., Chesapeake, VA 23324 CHIP Facebook Page click here.

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center NEWPORT NEWS Monday – December 9, 2019      10am – 6pm Monday – December 16, 2019    10am – 6pm Contact: Shera White 757-247-8950 2410 Wickham Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607 www.downinggross.org

HER Shelter PORTSMOUTH The H.E.R. Shelter will distribute coats to clients affiliated with any H.E.R. Shelter location as well as to members of the community in need of coats this winter. We will be distributing the coats between the months of December and January. All who are in need are welcome to pick up a coat on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 12 PM – 3 PM at our homeless shelter, Restore. Contact: Summer 757-485-1445 Summer@hershelter.com

Oak Grove Baptist Church SUFFOLK Friday, December 13    9 – 12pm Contact: Tat Banks Asst. Sec. Church 757-338-3237 Contact: Sylvia Copeland Murphy 757-285-2312 2635 E. Washington St., Suffolk, VA 23434 asstsec@oakgrovebaptist.net

Judeo-Christian Outreach Center VIRGINIA BEACH Judeo-Christian Outreach Center (JCOC) will distribute coats during the winter months to clients in our various housing programs as well as to members of the community in need who attend our day support, food pantry and community meal programs. Individuals in need of a coat who are not part of these programs can visit JCOC’s main office starting December Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM. Contact: Krishna Loya 757-491-2846, ext:102 1053 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451 www.jcoc.org

Salvation Army NORFOLK The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command will distribute coats on an ongoing basis from December 5 – Feb 20 at the Area Command office. Those in need of warmth are welcome to pick up a coat in the Social Services department during the time of our food pantry, which is Monday-Friday from 1pm – 3pm.  Contact: Melissa Medel at 757-543-8100 ext:64124 5525 Raby Rd., Norfolk, VA 23502

Samaritan House VIRGINIA BEACH Samaritan House will distribute coats to clients in need affiliated with any Samaritan House programs this winter season. Saturday, December 7, 10am – 2pm Saturday, January 11, 10am – 2pm Contact: Kate Celius 757-275-7429 2620 Southern Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23452 samaritanhouseva.org

For Kids SUFFOLK For Kids will be distributing coats to people of all ages & sizes at their Suffolk location only. Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 9am-1pm Wednesday, Dec. 11th, 12-4pm Contact: Becky Lyle Pinkard 757-622-6400 ext:102 119 W. Constance Rd., Suffolk, VA 23434 www.forkids.org

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4200 Colley Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23508
(757) 622-6400
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119 W. Constance Road
Suffolk, VA 23434
(757) 538-7872
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2411 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23517
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