UNH Coat Drive Warms Bodies
and Hearts in Chilly Weather
Contact: Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
November 19, 2003
DURHAM, N.H. -- University of New Hampshire faculty, staff and
students are asking the greater Seacoast community to join with
them in collecting
hundreds of coats for the university's Second Annual Coat Drive.
Organized by UNH Facilities, Grounds and Roads, and the Thompson
School Community Service and Leadership Program, the drive will
run Dec. 1-10.
“The coat drive will benefit people who are often overlooked
in our community,” UNH student Jesse Barnes said.
Donations of clean winter coats for men, women and children will
be accepted at drop-off locations on and off campus. On campus,
coats can be dropped off at the Memorial Union Building, Dimond
Library, Field House, Barton and Putnam halls, Health Services,
many residence halls and the Alumni Center.
Off campus, coats can be delivered to Daniel Webster College in
Portsmouth, RMC Research in Portsmouth, the Rochester Recreation
Department, Durham Evangelical Church, the USDA Forest Service and
Dover Children's Center. Donated coats should be clean and useable.
Collected coats will be donated to Operation Blessing, Crossroads
House, Families First and Planet Aid. Last year, more than 300 coats
were brought to local organizations.
According to Kate Hanson, an associate professor with the Thompson
School of Applied Science who chairs the Community Service and Leadership
Program, a variety of coats, both style and size, are needed because
they are being donated to a variety of organizations.
“For example, staff from Operation Blessing were waiting
outside for our delivery of coats because they so desperately needed
men's coats — they didn't have any before we arrived with
our bags full — and it was very cold last December,”
According to research done by Hanson's students, more than 10 percent
of children in Rockingham and Strafford counties live in poverty
(2000 U.S. Census). The poverty threshold for a family of four in
2001 was $18,104.