Mast General Store Hosts Coat Collection Drive Through Nov. 30

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You don’t have to be a fan of Game of Thrones to know that winter is coming. It’s in the air, fogging up the window panes and biting at noses and hands. And that means coats and warm accessories are needed in the community. Mast Store is ready to Share the Warmth in all its communities with its 14th annual coat collection drive Nov. 1-30.

Each Mast Store is accepting donations of clean, gently used items such as fleeces, coats, jackets, sweaters, and other appropriate outerwear—gloves, hats, scarves, blankets, etc. These donations will be shared among communities via local partners. While Mast General stores are most mindful of the need for warmth in this season, many of the stores offer donations boxes year-round — items are often accepted for animals as well. These items will be donated to the places they will do the most good, such as the animal shelters and humane societies.

Please look through your closets to see if you have any coats, jackets, and other appropriate outerwear that would find a greater purpose in a new home. In most of our communities, there is a greater need for children’s coats and coats in larger sizes – XXL and larger.

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This year’s donations are being shared with several partnering organizations that are devoted to doing good in our communities. In Asheville, donations and the new coats from Columbia will go to the Hillcrest Family Resource Center that supports families in obtaining critical resources, skills training, and much-needed education and services.

For more information about Share the Warmth, call your local Mast Store at 828-232-1883.