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United Way seeks cold weather gear donations for outerwear drive

MORGANTOWN — As temperatures begin to drop and the crispness of fall turns into full-blown winter, many people are shifting their wardrobes to sweaters, heavy socks, gloves and warm coats.

But what if you didn’t have that option? That’s the case for many families in Monongalia and Preston counties and is also the reason the Warm Hands Warm Hearts Community Outerwear Drive exists.

From now through Jan. 15, the United Way of Mon and Preston Counties is taking donations of new or gently worn children’s and adults’ winter hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, boots and coats. There are several drop-off locations this year to make it easier for people to donate.

Items can be dropped off at:

  • The Dominion Post, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Fairmont Federal Credit Union, Pineview Drive and Westover locations, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Friday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday
  • Gabe’s, from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
  • Huntington Bank, High Street and Suncrest locations only, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • WVU College of Law, from 8:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Monday-Friday

Some businesses, like First United Bank and Trust, are soliciting donations from their employees by running in-house collections. If you’re interested in doing a Warm Hands Warm Hearts collection at your business or are willing to place a barrel for public donations, email Engagement Manager Servando Arredondo at

All of the donations received during the outerwear drive will be distributed through Mon and Preston counties.

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