Coat drive organizer Avelina Torres (second from right) gathers with members of Greenfield Rotary behind the clothing donation container inside the front lobby at the Greenfield Civic Center. (Contributed Photo)

GREENFIELD — An annual coat drive in Greenfield is once again seeking donations to benefit homeless individuals and others in need of warm clothing this winter.

Greenfield resident Avelina Torres is spearheading the coat drive for the fifth year in a row. New this year, she has partnered with the Greenfield Rotary Club on the collection project.

“This is the fifth year of the coat drive to help our homeless and others in need,” Torres said. “This year Greenfield Rotary and I are working together. Please help us make this coat drive a success.”

New and gently used coats of any size may be dropped off inside the containers located at Greenfield Civic Center, 599 El Camino Real, or at Greenfield Community Science Workshop, 45 El Camino Real, during regular business hours. Other warm clothing, such as sweaters and hats, will also be accepted.

More than 75 coats were donated by the community last year.

“There were at least 75 to 80 new and gently used coats donated, along with different types of clothing to help the homeless in our county,” Torres said about the 2020 coat drive.

Torres started the collection project in 2017 with the help of the Greenfield Community Science Workshop, which built the festive donation containers. Her inspiration came after driving through cities like Salinas and seeing the large numbers of homeless individuals without warm clothes.

Donations will be accepted until Friday, Dec. 17, and all the clothing will be cleaned before being distributed to those in need.

“Thank you so much for your generosity,” Torres said.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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