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Coat drives kick off around the Panhandle

Freedom Fellowship's Senior Pastor Darren Dye Freedom Fellowship's Senior Pastor Darren Dye

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - It's still hot outside, but many people across the Panhandle are already in the cold state of mind. They're using that mindset to help needy families around the area. 

We're talking about coat drives... And they're kicking into high gear in both Amarillo and Canyon. We spent the morning at the Freedom House in Canyon, where they're getting ready for their 3rd Annual drive.

They're expecting a record turnout... Gearing up to give away nearly 600 coats tomorrow.

Freedom Fellowship's Senior Pastor Darren Dye says, "It's really in our hearts... We're on a mission to make sure everyone who needs it has anything from scarves to mittens to just things to keep them warm. It's amazing how many people, children and adults alike, are in need." 

Their coat drive idea began during an unexpected cold snap two years ago... They received countless phone calls from Canyon ISD teachers saying many of their students didn't have any coats to wear and came to school shivering.

If you would like to donate coats, you can bring them to 55 Hunsley Road in Canyon on Saturday, October 16th. If you need coats, you can go to that same address between 10 and 2 on Saturday, October 16th. For more information, call 655-7912.

Eveline River's Christmas Project will also be handing out coats every Tuesday and Thursday nights through October and more frequently once it gets even colder outside. For information on that, call 372-3985.

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