Once again the NEWS CENTER fans come through for the people of Maine.
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People turned out at all over the state to visit us local Hannaford, Shaw's and Pratt Abbott locations. We are still working out the totals, but it is clear you donated thousands of gently-used coats and unwrapped toys for Mainers.
►PHOTOS: 2017 Coats and Toys for Kids
If you've spent even one winter living in Maine, you're well aware of how cold it gets this time of year. Everyone deserves proper outerwear to fight the frigid climate – especially kids.
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You have helped us make their holiday season a bit brighter this year.
A heartfelt thank you from everyone here at NEWS CENTER.
A reminder, if you didn't make it out to us Saturday, you can still drop off gently used coats, through the end of December, to all Hannaford, Shaw's and Pratt Abbott locations.
If you want to drop of an unwrapped toy, you can drop off through December 15th to any Hannaford or Shaw's location.
Again, from all of us at NEWS CENTER, thank you.
In 1983, the Salvation Army created the project in an effort to collect coats for Maine families who couldn't afford a warm winter coat. NEWS CENTER and the Salvation Army joined together in 1990, establishing a partnership for the Coats for Kids campaign.
In 2004, toys were added by NEWS CENTER to the project, becoming Coats & Toys for Kids.
An estimated 820,000 coats and 58,000 toys have been collected over the years.
Each year, several Hannaford, Shaw's and Pratt Abbott locations serve as drop-off spots for peoples' donations. Gently used coats and new, unwrapped toys are generously left in giant boxes provided by PepsiCo.
All the coats are brought to Pratt Abbott cleaners where they are cleaned, stored, then distributed by the Salvation Army along with the toys.
Dates, times, locations:
Coats will be accepted Monday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Dec. 31. That's 42 days to get us your donations! Coats & Toys for Kids Day is Dec. 2.
Toys will be accepted Nov. 20 through Saturday, Dec. 16 — just four weeks, leaving time to distribute to those in need for the holiday season.
Drop-off windows will vary depending on store hours. Check your local Hannaford, Shaw's or Pratt Abbott for opening and closing times.