A West Virginia non-profit starts a coat drive in honor of MLK Day of Service

Giving back is what comes to the minds of many when observing Martin Luther King Day of Service.

"Well I know a lot of people right now, especially since financial resources are limited, but the one thing that we can always give, and how ever much or however little we have of it is always important to give, is our time," said Beckley resident Stephen Hensley.

And as a way to take on that challenge, one non-profit is hosting a coat drive.

The CEO of the Education Alliance AmeriCorps says nearly 300,000 people in West Virginia were living in poverty before the pandemic.

This Coats4Kids Drive is an effort to ease the struggle for some in the Mountain State.

"Dr. King called all of us to serve and one of the great ways that we can serve is by helping our students," said the CEO, Dr. Amelia Courts.

She said even though schools and parents are giving their all to assist children in need, times are still tough.

"Our goal is to raise at least 400 articles of clothing that will help West Virginia families stay warm in these, very cold, days of winter," Courts said.

In order to reach that goal, drop off locations have been established across the state, allowing winter clothing to be dropped off for families who need it the most.

All it takes is a quick scan in your personal coat closet.

"I did that this morning and between myself and my husband and my two kids, I was able to find five coats that are perfect for donating," Courts said.

One of those many locations include the Women's Resource Center at 104 Wilson Street, Beckley, West Virginia.

The CEO adds that without the help of AmeriCorps mentor volunteers who trained students across West Virginia, none of these locations would be functioning.

The drive will be going on from now, January 18th to February 1st.

For the full list of drop off locations click here.

For other coat drives in your area click here.