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North Fulton Community Charities hosts annual coat drive in Roswell
Helps hundreds of families

by PHOEBE BUMSTED

November 07, 2012

A volunteer from Young Men’s Service League helps a family find new coats at the coat drive.LINDA COHEN.
A volunteer restocks sweaters at the North Fulton Community Charities coat drive during a break in shopping.PHOEBE BUMSTED.
A family checks out with their new clothes from the coat drive.PHOEBE BUMSTED.
A coat drive participant looks through the coats available at the coat drive.PHOEBE BUMSTED.
A personal shopper helps a coat drive participant try on her new coat.PHOEBE BUMSTED.
ROSWELL, Ga. North Fulton Community Charities kicked off its holiday program Oct. 27 with its annual coat drive at their Roswell location.

The drive was set up in a store format, with volunteers from approximately 15 different organizations serving as "personal shoppers" to guide families through the store. Each family collected one coat, one scarf, one hat and a pair of gloves for each family member, as well as a pair of socks and a sweatshirt for the family.

The coat drive is the beginning of NFCC's annual holiday program, which includes additional Thanksgiving and Christmas events.

"We do Thanksgiving, which includes two grocery bags of food and a turkey or a gift card to buy a turkey," said NFCC Assistant Director Jenna Purdy.

For the Christmas portion of the holiday program, volunteers can sponsor a family and purchase presents from that family's wish list. Families can also participate in Santa Shop, where they collect presents through a shopping atmosphere similar to the coat drive.

The drive served about 300 families with over 3,400 children last year, and NFCC expected to see a similar turnout this year. They also collected over 1,500 coats last year through previous sponsors, companies, churches, schools and individuals.

NFCC has held its holiday program for over 25 years. To learn more, visit www.nfccholiday.org.