OXFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- While we are on the downhill side of the winter weather season, there are still people struggling to stay warm while out in the elements.
At theCoat Room in the Oxford Hills, they recieve about 3,000 donated coats each year. Once they are all cleaned up by the folks at Norway Laundry, they are put out on the store's racks, free of charge, for anyone in need of a coat.
There are still plenty of coats for men and women, but the Coat Room is in serious need of coats for kids.
"Parents are recycling their coats," explained Wendy Williams, who has helped run the store since the program started 17 years ago. "They are passing them down to the younger children."
She says a tough economy has also cut into the number of donations they have received, while increasing the number of people walking through their doors in search of warm winter gear.
"We need kids coats. Kids ski pants, gloves, hats, mittens," stated Sam O'Connor, a student at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School who is volunteering his time at the Coat Room for his senior project.
"I don't see this as a chore at all. I enjoy doing it," said O'Connor.
"I knew there were people that had needs, and it is totally different seeing the people that have needs than just hearing about it," he added. "It feels good to help them out."
TheCoat Room, which is open on Wednesday afternoons from 2 to 4 and also by appointment, also distributes clothes, shoes, books and games, most anything that is donated is given away to those in need.
If you have a coat to donate, or are in need of a coat, you can stop by the shop or contact Wendy Williams by email at firstname.lastname@example.org