At the start of each Winter, CANHelp assists individuals and families in the community to stay warm with new or gently used outerwear and blankets. Local residents can help too, by donating these items which are outgrown or no longer needed. With the early onset of cold weather, the drive is now underway. If you are unpacking your winter clothing and blankets and fund that you have some that you no longer need, consider donating to this Drive. Find convenient drop-off boxes around Hopkins County, and share the warmth with others this season!
Large white drop off boxes are located at First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs, Shannon Oaks Church, St. James Catholic Church, One Church office, Starbucks and at the CANHelp office, 613 Gilmer Street.
CANHelp Director Shanna Martin stated that fifteen years ago, former Director Dawn Sheffield began the Coat and Blanket Drive out of need in the community. To observe the anniversary year of the effort, a special outreach is being targeted toward student need in area schools. School districts are being contacted by CANHelp to identify students who may not have a coat at all, in order to get new coats for these individuals or to place them at the top of the list for assistance. For more details on how you can help, or to receive a coat, contact CANHelp at 903-885-9797 ext. 3.