WEST CHESTER, PA — A three-week coat drive starts Friday to help out West Chester University students who might need a warm winter coat.
With temperatures ready to drop soon, West Chester University’s Office of Residence Life and Housing Services said it is joining forces with the University’s on-campus Resource Pantry to make sure no student is left out in the cold. The coat drive is designed to assist WCU students who may not be able to afford warm outer garments due to financial hardships, the University explained.
The coat drive will aim to collect 200 gently worn women’s and men’s winter coats between Oct. 15 to Nov. 5. Faculty, staff, and members of the community are asked to consider donating coats in good condition at a front desk drop-off destination at Schmidt Hall, 225 W. Rosedale Ave., West Chester.
“We need our surrounding communities to help with this project and to give generously with warm coats that are in good condition,” said Schmidt Hall Graduate Director Summer Bledsoe.
“As the past year has been especially hard for some of our students, we are hopeful that our friends and neighbors will come out to support and uplift our Golden Rams who are in need,” Bledsoe added.
Dr. Zebulun Davenport, Vice President of Student Affairs, told the West Chester University Board of Trustees in a meeting last week that the Resource Pantry has had 139 unique visits this year.
The Resource Pantry is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at West Chester University, regardless of need level. No appointment is necessary, and walk-ins are welcome when the Pantry is open. It offers non-perishable food, fresh produce from the campus gardens, personal care items, school supplies, as well as winter and career clothing.
WCU offered these guidelines for coat donations:
- Make sure the coat is in good, wearable condition.
- Make sure the coat is season-appropriate for cold weather.
- Clean out all pockets.
- The garment should have its buttons and/or workable zippers.
- Check the coat to ensure that it does not have rips or tears.
- The coat should be clean.
WCU said in a news statement, “As an important asset, the University’s Resource Pantry supports student success by minimizing food and basic need insecurities and preparing students for life following graduation.”
For more information about the coat drive, contact West Chester University’s Office of Residence Life and Housing Services at 610-436-2339.
West Chester University is the largest member of the 14-institution Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, enrolling more than 17,000 students. Founded in 1871, the University offers more than 200 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 50 fields of study.
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