Community Youth Foundation launching 12th Annual Winter Coat Drive


CYF members sorting through donated winter items at the conclusion of the 2018 CYF Winter Coat Drive | Photo provided by the Community Youth Foundation

By Jessica Johnston, Assistant News Director

As temperatures begin to fall, the Community Youth Foundation has geared up to help provide winter clothing to those in need.

For the past 12 years, the Community Youth Foundation has collected winter items to donate to local organizations that are able to provide assistance to people in the community who need some extra help staying warm during the winter months.

The drive has already begun and CYF Adviser Christy Rahrig is asking the community for more children-sized coat donation.

“We’ve had two local organizations provide a list of children in their youth programs who need coats this coming winter,” Rahrig said in a media release. “Some of these children are only a year old, and some are high school aged. People of all ages deserve to be kept warm during the cold months, and not everyone in our community has the means of buying a new coat at this time.”

The Community Youth Foundation is asking for donations of either new or gently used coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, hats and other winter items. Donations can be of any size, although there is a need for children’s sizes.

“If you have children who have outgrown their winter clothing from last year, we will gladly accept it,” Rahrig said. “Look in your closets or ask your neighbors if they have any winter items they are willing to donate.”

From now through Nov. 8, the Community Youth Foundation will be accepting winter items at a variety of locations throughout the county.

In addition to winter items, the organization also accepts monetary donations in order to purchase specific sizes to meet certain needs that may not be met through the coat donations. Last year, the Community Youth Foundation bought over $200 worth of children’s coats in order to meet specific size requests.

Due to those purchases, much of the coat drive fund was spent last year.

All monetary donations can be made to the Muskingum County Community Foundation for the 2019 CYF Winter Coat Drive and sent to the MCCF located at 534 Putnam Ave. Zanesville, Ohio 43701.

Participating drop-off locations include:

  • Muskingum County Community Foundation
  • Muskingum County Library System — All branches throughout Muskingum County
  • Century National Bank — Downtown Zanesville location
  • Peoples Bank — Maple Avenue location
  • Huntington Bank — All branches in Zanesville
  • Community Bank — All branches in Muskingum County
  • Bishop Rosecrans High School
  • John Glenn High School
  • Maysville High School
  • Philo High School
  • Tri-Valley High School
  • West Muskingum High School
  • Zanesville High School

The Community Youth Foundation thanked Creative Packaging for providing the large white donation boxes again this year.