Coat exchange set for Friday in Radcliff

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Rotary Club coordinates event

By Jeff D'Alessio

Keeping children and adults warm through the chill of winter is the focus of one civic organization in Radcliff.

The Radcliff Rotary Club will host Coat Exchange Day on Friday at Colvin Community Center. Rotary President Neil Atcher said it would be good if the group presented 200 coats to the community.

“If we can get a couple of hundred coats in the first year, that would be great,’’ he said. “That would be a good year.’’

The Rotary Club has collected coats for several weeks from various organizations. The coats will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“A number of churches from around the county have been collecting coats,’’ said Jeff Peden, director of community services for the Radcliff Rotary Club. “We’ve been working in conjunction with North Hardin HOPE and they have shared that there’s a real need for small children’s coats.’’

Peden said donations are limited to two coats per family. Coats collected but not distributed will be taken to North Hardin HOPE, Peden said.

“The intent is to provide coats to people who really need them,’’ he said. “It’s open to the public and it’s on the honor system that (people) really need them. That’s the whole purpose.’’

Atcher said about 150 coats had been collected Friday.

Atcher and Peden said they hope this is the start of an annual event to help those in need.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at (270) 505-1757.