It’s something many people take for granted until the winter months arrive, There are people of all ages who don’t own a winter coat.
It’s an intolerable thought for Margaret Paolucci of Belmont County. So 12 years ago, she started a coat closet. Their first year, they gave away 18 coats. Last year, they gave away more than 11,050.
Coats range in size from infants to men’s size 5-X. Paolucci ever asks anyone for their income or even their name. It doesn’t matter what county or state you’re from.
“Two kids came in the other day with just two hoodies on. That was their coat. It was cold, Oh my gosh it was cold,” PaulPaoluccid. “One year a father came in to get a coat for his little boy or girl and he had a short sleeve sweatshirt on. I said ‘do you have a coat?’ And he said, ‘well I borrow one when I need it.’ So that’s when I decided to start carrying adult coats too.”
The coat closet is located in the basement of the Bellaire Christian Church and is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
They ask people to donate either new or gently used coats or money.
All of the workers at the coat closet are volunteers.
It’s open each year through the end of January.