Winter Clothing Drive Attracts Hundreds of Families
Brady Smith, Anchor/Reporter
NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa - The line stretched out the doors at the North Liberty Community Pantry on Saturday morning, a chilly reminder that winter is right around the corner.
"I'm so glad we're doing this this weekend because it's already cold, and a lot of these families wouldn't have appropriate wear for their kids otherwise," said Tina DuBois, the pantry's executive director.
DuBois said the winter clothing drive will benefit more than 300 kids and adults at this location alone. This year's drive offered up adult-size clothing, but the focus is still on the kids.
"School-age children have to have a coat, or they can't go outside for recess, they really can't participate in social parts of school," DuBois explained.
Tajuana Fomba was here looking for all different sizes of coats.
"I'm a single mother of five, so anything helps," said Fomba, who has children ages 7, 9, 13,15, and 16.
For her older kids, she's trying to make some style-conscious decisions, but for her younger ones, "they're just kind of like whatever, whatever you bring, mom, I'm okay with it."
As the costs of food and gas rise, so do the prices of heavy winter clothing. DuBois has noticed the numbers going up just since they started their annual drive.
"When we started participating 5 or 6 years ago, we would average about 13 to 14 dollars per coat, and now if we're having to purchase coats to supplement the ones that are donated, we're averaging 18 or 19 dollars per coat, so the average prices of coats has gone up at least a dollar a year," DuBois said.
Fomba is amazed at the generosity that filled these tables, and is happy to accept it.
"You have to be open in order to receive blessings, that's what I've always been taught," said Fomba.
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