Saturday, October 25, 2014


Gerry Watkins checks in coats at Susanna’s Kitchen Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The kitchen is giving away coats again this year from 11 a.m. to noon weekdays. Susanna’s Kitchen is located in the basement of the First Congregational Church at 431 S. Third St., Elkhart. (Truth Photo by J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Dick Osborne carries bags of coats and shirts to the basement of the First Congregational Church Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The kitchen is giving away coats again this year from 11 a.m. to noon weekdays. Susanna’s Kitchen is located in the basement of the First Congregational Church at 431 S. Third St., Elkhart. (Truth Photo by J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Gerry Watkins (left) and Dick Osborne check in donated coats and T-shirts in the basement of First Congregational Church in Elkhart Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. Susanna’s Kitchen is hosting its annual coat giveaway. Susanna’s Kitchen is located in the basement of the First Congregational Church at 431 S. Third St., Elkhart. (Truth Photo by J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Dick Osborne carries bags of coats and shirts in the basement of First Congregational Church Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. At right is Gerry Watkins. The kitchen is giving away coats again this year from 11 a.m. to noon weekdays. Susanna’s Kitchen is located in the basement of the First Congregational Church at 431 S. Third St., Elkhart. (Truth Photo by J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Kimberly Nissley (center) pulls off the coat she selected Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at Susanna’s Kitchen. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

With the help of a volunteer (left), Rowdy Holloway (right) picks out a coat at Susanna’s Kitchen Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Airredo Cota (left) selects a coat at Susanna’s Kitchen Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, as a volunteer (right) helps. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

People line up to pick out a coat at Susanna’s Kitchen Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)
Here’s four ways to help Elkhart people stay warm this winter
Posted on Nov. 29, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 29, 2013 at 9:57 a.m.

ELKHART — Four local organizations are collecting new and used coats. Here’s how you can donate to these coat drives.

Susanna’s Kitchen

This organization, located in the basement of the First Congregational Church, gave away 52 coats on Monday, Nov. 25 — the first day of the coat giveaway.

Susanna’s Kitchen clothing organizer Gerry Watkins said those 52 coats went to people who were appreciative and patient as they stood in line.

“We are hanging up more coats today,” Watkins said on Tuesday. “They go fast.”

She said that Susanna’s Kitchen gave away 600 donated coats last year and will probably dole out just as many this year “if we have the donations.”

Bring coats to Susanna’s Kitchen at 431 S. Third St. The phone number is 522-5893.

Guidance Ministries

Lori King, executive director of Guidance Ministries, said that the organization is collecting coats in every size.

“We have already given away all but a few remaining coats,” King said in a statement. “The demand is so much higher than we are able to meet this year.”

Bring coats to Guidance Ministries at 216 N. Second St. The phone number is 296-7192.

Images Jewelers

Images Jewelers and The Salvation Army hope to collect and distribute 2,000 coats this year.

This group needs children’s and adult plus-size coats especially, but all sizes will be accepted. Coats should be clean and in good condition.

Bring coats to Images Jewelers at 300 E. Bristol St. until Dec. 21. The phone number is 264-2040.

Ziker Cleaners

Ziker Cleaners is collecting gently used coats for kids in particular, but also winter coats of any size.

Coats will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7, at Navarre Middle School, 4702 Ford St., South Bend.

Bring coats to any Ziker Cleaners in Elkhart, South Bend, Mishawaka, and Granger until Dec. 6.