With winter fast approaching, the race is on to ensure all of Wisconsin’s homeless veterans have adequate clothing for warmth.
To help address this important need, Lincoln County Veteran’s Service Officer, Richard Wolf began a Coat Drive in Lincoln County.
Wolf addressed the issue of more than 200 homeless vets in the Milwaukee area saying, “Many of this, and other county’s homeless veterans end up in Milwaukee because we lack the resources to help them. This is one way we can ensure they are not left out in the cold.”
The Coat Drive is a community effort to collect more than just coats. Other winter clothing such as sweaters, long underwear, warm socks, hats, scarves, gloves and even new blankets are also being collected.
The current drop off site for the Coat Drive is the Veteran’s Service Office located in the Lincoln County Service center in Merrill. Drop offs can also be made at the Tomahawk Annex on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Pick-ups can also be arranged in Rhinelander, Tomahawk, and Antigo by calling 715-539-1083. The Lincoln County Veteran’s Service Facebook page will be updated as additional drop off locations are added.
The items collected during the Coat Drive will be transported to The Homeless Veteran’s Initiative during the Thanksgiving week and right before Christmas. The drive will end on Dec. 14th.