Agency puts out call for winter coats

Denise Hartse Star Staff Writer
Monday, October 8, 2018

Fall is here and the temperatures are starting to drop. Snow has already fallen in the Miles City area and colder weather is coming. It’s time to put away the tank tops and shorts and pull out the sweaters and heavy coats. However, not all of Miles City’s residents have winter coats.

To ensure that those in need stay warm this winter, the staff members at Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center are hosting a Fall Coat Drive.

Gently worn winter coats and snow pants may be dropped off in the lobby of the mental health center at 2508 Wilson St.

“This is the first year we’ve done this,” said Darci Wiley, administrative assistant at the mental health center. “We offer services in the local school system and to clients who come to day treatment and a lot of the students’ families and our clients are on fixed incomes. We wanted to do something to benefit them so we decided to collect coats and snow pants to keep them warm.”

Items of all sizes that are dropped off before Oct. 19 will be distributed during a Coats and Cocoa Event at the center on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 3-6 p.m. Those needing winter clothing, including new stocking caps and gloves, will be able to “shop” for items, which will be offered free to those in need. Cocoa will be served during the event.

Wiley said that if not all of the clothing is distributed, another “shopping” event will be scheduled and clothing will be passed on to those in need. She added that winter clothing will continue to be collected at the mental health center throughout the season.

“We don’t have anyone who can mend clothing, so the items dropped off should be in good, wearable condition,” she said.

More information about the collection and donation of winter items is available by calling Wiley at 234-0234, ext. 100.

She added, “If we have items left over, we’ll have another “shopping” event and if we still have coats left, we’ll have another one and then we’ll pass them on to those who need them. We’ll still take coats as long as they are dropped off here at the center.”

(Contact Denise Hartse at or 406-234-0450.)