Winterwear Share Program

Released On: 10/14/2019

Winter is coming, and the Lorain Public Library System needs your help! 

All LPLS branches are currently collecting new or gently used winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves as part of our Winterwear Share program.

Main Library Manager Susan Spivey said after a very successful partnership with Operation Warm and the Stocker Foundation last year, where coats were donated to those in need in the area, the staff started to wonder how they could do a program like that every year.

“We decided to start soliciting additional donations for a larger coat drive to serve more people called ‘Winterwear Share,’” she said. “It’s a great time to ask because people have cleared items out of their closets for back-to-school but maybe haven’t had a chance to get rid of them yet, so we wanted to ask as soon as possible.”

Spivey said the goal is to get as many winter coats as possible, for adults as well as for children who often grow out of their coats before the following winter.  

Main Library Assistant Manager Annalisse Strippoli said the last day to donate new or gently used coats, hats, scarves, mittens and gloves would be Dec.7 as the distribution event is scheduled for Dec.14 with pick up times at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Main Library but donations can be dropped off at any branch.

“We are hoping to receive a variety of sizes,” she said. “We had quite a bit last year, but a ton of adults came through and those went so fast.” Spivey said walk-ins will be welcomed at the Dec. 14 distribution event, which will also feature a 300-coat donation from Operation Warm.

“As was demonstrated last year, so many members of our community don’t have the appropriate apparel to keep them warm in the colder months, which can be dangerous. We saw a need and want to help in any way we can,” she said.