Coat Drive for West Chester University students begins soon


WEST CHESTER, PA – A three-week coat drive begins Friday to help West Chester University students who may be in need of a warm winter coat.

With temperatures set to drop soon, West Chester University’s Office of Residence and Housing Services has said it is teaming up with the pantry on the university’s campus to ensure that ‘no student is left behind in the cold. The coat drive is designed to help WCU students who may not be able to afford warm outerwear due to financial hardship, the university said.

The coat drive will aim to collect 200 lightly worn winter coats for women and men between October 15 and November 5. Faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to consider donating undamaged coats to a drop-off destination at the front desk. at Schmidt Hall, 225 W. Rosedale Ave., West Chester.

“We need our surrounding communities to help us with this project and generously donate warm coats in good condition,” said Summer Bledsoe, director of graduate studies at Schmidt Hall.

“As the last year has been particularly difficult for some of our students, we hope that our friends and neighbors will come to support and raise our Golden Rams who are in need,” added Bledsoe.

Dr. Zebulun Davenport, vice president of student affairs, told West Chester University’s board of trustees at a meeting last week that the Resource Pantry had 139 unique hits this year.

The Resource Pantry is open to all undergraduate and graduate students of West Chester University, regardless of their level of need. No appointment is necessary, and walk-ins are welcome when the pantry is open. It offers non-perishable foods, fresh produce from campus gardens, personal care items, school supplies, as well as winter and career clothing.

WCU offered these guidelines for coat donations:

  • Make sure the coat is in good condition and wearable.
  • Make sure the coat is suitable for the cold weather season.
  • Clean all pockets.
  • The garment must have functional buttons and / or zippers.
  • Check the coat to make sure it has no rips or tears.
  • The coat must be clean.

WCU said in a press release: “As an important asset, the Resource pantry supports student success by minimizing food insecurities and basic needs and preparing students for life after graduation. “

For more information on collecting coats, contact the West Chester University Residence Life and Housing Services office at 610-436-2339.

The University of West Chester is the largest member of the Pennsylvania state higher education system, consisting of 14 institutions, with over 17,000 students enrolled. Founded in 1871, the University offers more than 200 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs in more than 50 fields of study.

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