The Westminster-based outreach center, Shepherd's Staff is sponsoring its annual Call for Coats program continuing through Nov. 16.
More than 2,000 coats are expected to be donated, and will be donated to keep families and individuals warm during the cold weather.
Coats will be distributed free to county residents by he Shepherd's Staff, 30 Carroll Street, Westminster. the office is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m. (closed Wednesday). For more on coat distribution, or to donate, call 410-857-5944.
The following locations are serving as drop-off points: Boscov's, Coldwell Banker, Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster Realtors in Eldersburg, all New Windsor State Bank Branches and ServePro. Admiral Cleaners is cleaning all the donated coats, and support is also being given by the Carroll County Times.
In addition, the group known as "Hugs and Stitches" has donated hundreds of hand-knitted hats, gloves, and scarves to be offered with the coats during the winter months.