Just after cold weather set in, Salvation Army hands out coats

By WEEK Producer

December 21, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 4:02 AM CDT

PEORIA, Il. -- The Salvation Army is helping warm-up Peoria residents with its Coats for Kids giveaway.

The Salvation Army Community Center on Nebraska Avenue was filled wall to wall with coats on Friday.

"This year for the first time in a long time we have a lot of boots that we're able to give out," said Salvation Army Major Major Donna Miller.

Miller said many of the people that come out for the coat giveaway are familiar faces that are served by the organization year round.

"Need really knows no season, and I know that's a cliché, but it's also the reality," said Miller.

The Salvation Army served almost 100 families at a coat drive earlier this month They are hoping that the cold weather brings in more families in need.

"With the program it doesn't make any sense for someone to be without a coat when there is a program that can provide a coat," said Volunteer Tawana Watts

Watts said she started volunteering with the program because it has helped her provide for her family in the past.

"I think you should definitely give back you know to the community especially you know if it's something that has helped you," said Watts.

"It does make a difference in lives and when you see the children and when you know that a child's getting a gift or a child's going to be warm because of what the public do it does make a huge difference," said Miller.

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