NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

December 5, 2013

Pettengill House has urgent need for more coats

BY ANGELJEAN CHIARAMIDA
STAFF WRITER

---- — SALISBURY — The demand for warm winter wear is so high this year that Pettengill House is sending out a second call for residents in the region to donate new or gently used coats.

After already giving out more than 200 winter coats at its first distribution day on Tuesday, Pettengill House staffer Julie Havey said the service agency needs more coats to ensure financially stressed families in the eight-town region are able to keep warm this winter.

“We have two more distribution days and the high number (of coats given out) on this first day shows the real need out there this winter,” Havey said. “We will accept all sizes from infants to adults, but we are most in need of heavy ski-type jackets or long heavy coats in adult sizes, for both men and women. Ski jackets and heavy coats are all in high demand so people can shovel and stay warm. And for our clients without transportation who take the bus and walk, warmth is an issue.”

But the agency’s last coat distribution day is Dec. 17, Havey said, and that means donations are needed immediately.

Although headquartered in Salisbury, Pettengill House serves the needs of families in the eight communities of Byfield, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury.

“As long as the coats are in good condition or new, we can distribute them,” Havey said. “Coats can be dropped off at the Pettengill House, 13 Lafayette Road, Salisbury.”

For more information, contact Havey at 978-463-8801 or by e-mail at jhavey@pettengillhouse.org.