GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Calvary Chapel in Lafayette is looking for your help in donating coats to veterans and other homeless members of the community for it’s 4th annual coat drive.
Tippecanoe County has nearly 1,000 homeless members, many of them being veterans. Douglas Kiser, Calvary Chapel Outreach Coordinator, is working to get them clothed as we head into the colder season.
“When it's zero, minus ten, minus 20 degrees, these people are sleeping outside in this kind of weather and you wonder how they make it,” said Kiser.
In the past, the only donation box was located at the church, this year they've expanded their drop of locations to Dunkin Donuts and Culver's in Lafayette. This is to get out as many coats as possible.
“There's lots of homeless people that are living out there in the streets, sleeping in the snow on park benches and it's extremely cold so just a small part that we can do is to provide them with something warm to wear,” said Kiser.
Brennan Sprague, Dunkin Donuts General Manager and Lafayette native said he’s happy he can use his business to help the homeless community.
“I've been here my whole life and it just seems like it's a really good city as far as giving back to the community and just really trying to help out, and I'm just happy that we can help out with coats, scarves, gloves anything that's possible for, you know, anybody getting cold this winter,” said Sprague.
William, a local homeless veteran who served as an Army Ranger for 15 years, said shelters do what they can to help but they often run out clothing.
“If you get too many people, then they run out of stuff, you know, sometimes they might have a jacket but sometimes it may not fit one guy compared to the other guy,” said William.
William said he's grateful that this drive is in our community.
“I can't get into shelters so I have to stay outside and, you know, this coat drive, I think it's great cause, you know, if I need a new coat... I just go get me another coat,” said William.
Kiser said that this coat drive is also taking place in Kokomo and at a church in Tennessee.
“This is actually multi-state now, after three years we go to different places and the Lord's just blessing it, it's growing each year,” said Kiser.
The Calvary Chapel coat drive has given out more than 1,500 coats through the years. The church will be collecting coats the entire month of November. Coats will be distributed December 3rd and 7th at Transitional Housing and LUM.