ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The Salvation Army is asking people to donate coats, hats, gloves and scarves to help keep people warm through the winter.

Eyewitness News first reported on the collection Friday and the trucks were empty, but two days later they are a little more full.

The trucks are set up near the old JCPenny’s entrance in the northwest section of Cherryvale Mall.

Volunteers are wrapping up this weekend’s collection, but there will be another from 10-6 p.m. next weekend.

The Salvation Army set a goal to collect 1,500 coats, and rainy Saturday put a damper on people willing to donate.

“Unfortunately the rain did get us yesterday and so far we got a total of only 131 coats,” said Community Relations Director of Salvation Army, Diane Tolcher. “But I know the generosity of this community. Last year we went beyond the 1,500 goal to 1,600 coats.”

Everything they receive will by distributed on the 17th.

There are a few rules if you’re thinking about donating.

Coats and other winter apparel must be in good, wearable condition. Clean with no buttons or zippers missing, and no stains or tears.


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