No Student Left Out in the Cold: WCU to Host Coat Drive for ‘Golden Rams in Need’

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With temperatures ready to drop soon, the West Chester University Office of Residence Life and Housing Services is joining forces with the university’s on-campus Resource Pantry to coordinate a coat drive to make sure “no student is left out in the cold.”

The coat drive is designed to assist WCU students who may not be able to afford warm outer garments due to financial hardships.

Beginning Oct. 15 and running through Nov. 5, the coat drive aims to collect 200 gently worn women’s and men’s winter coats. Faculty, staff, and members of the community are asked to consider donating coats in good condition at a front-desk drop-off destination located at Schmidt Hall, 225 West Rosedale Avenue.

“We need our surrounding communities to help with this project and to give generously with warm coats that are in good condition,” said Schmidt Hall Graduate Director Summer Bledsoe. “As the past year has been especially hard for some of our students, we are hopeful that our friends and neighbors will come out to support and uplift our Golden Rams who are in need.”

 The following are recommended guidelines for coat donations:

  • Make sure the coat is in good, wearable condition.
  • Make sure the coat is season-appropriate for cold weather.
  • Clean out all pockets.
  • The garment should have its buttons and/or workable zippers.
  • Check the coat to ensure that it does not have rips or tears.
  • The coat should be clean.

WCU is committed to helping its students. As an important asset, the University’s Resource Pantry supports student success by minimizing food and basic need insecurities and preparing students for life following graduation. The Resource Pantry is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at West Chester University, regardless of need level. No appointment is necessary, and walk-ins are welcome at any time during hours of operation. The Pantry offers non-perishable food, fresh produce from the campus gardens, personal care items, school supplies, and winter and career clothing.

For more information about the coat drive, contact West Chester University’s Office of Residence Life and Housing Services at 610-436-2339.

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