Winter Coat Collection to Keep Custer County Warm

CUSTER COUNTY–The first snow has already fallen and the cold days of winter are still ahead! The sixth annual winter coat drive is underway sponsored by the BPOE (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks) Elks Lodge #1688 located in Broken Bow.

“As far as I’m concerned and as far as the Elks Lodge is concerned is that we see kids with smiles on their faces because they’re warm,” Elks Lodge member Paul Loy said.

Elks Lodge representative Paul Loy said 73 coats have been collected so far this year with the goal of collecting 200 coats. Adults and children are able to get a coat if needed from the Community Connection (837 S D St.) in Broken Bow where they are available free of charge to people who need them.

The public is invited to donate coats, gloves, socks, mittens, shoes, boots, hats, scarves and other items to the coat drive. All items should be dropped off at the Custer County Chief office (305 S 10th Ave.)

New and gently used winter wear for children and adults will be accepted, according to Loy. The first local Elks coat drive began in 2016 with more than 60 coats and the drive has grown each year.

The coat drive will continue through January 1, 2022. Call Paul Loy with any questions at 308-870-1562.