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Help bundle up Highland Lakes families this winter by donating coats and warm clothes to the first-ever Coats for Kids collection drive at First Baptist Church of Marble Falls, 901 La Ventana Drive. Drop-off is from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24.

Organizers Jay Brown and Kristian Eyman decided to host the drive after hearing that The Warehouse, a Highland Lakes Crisis Network facility that distributes used furniture, appliances, and clothes to underserved families, needed coats for its clients.

“We’re really just trying to stock up their inventory,” Brown said. “It got real cold a couple of years ago, and we don’t want locals to be without coats.”

The pair enlisted the help of various organizations to ensure the drive’s success.

“We aligned ourselves with most of the local churches and most of the service groups like the (Highland Lakes Kiwanis Club) and the Highland Lakes Service League to help us get the word out,” Brown said.

Despite the collection drive’s name, all sizes of coats will be accepted.

“The name ‘Coats for Kids’ is a good name, but their parents need coats, too,” Brown said. “Kids come in all sizes, so we really need every size.”

You may donate new or gently used coats.

“We’re not really asking people to go buy new coats, unless they’re able,” Brown said. “If they have an extra one in the closet — most people do — bring it down.”

Brown wants Coats for Kids to become a yearly event.

“We’re hoping to get around 300 coats this year and make it an annual thing for the Crisis Network,” he said.

All coats from the event will go to the Highland Lakes Crisis Network for distribution.