BELLAIRE - The Coat Closet of Belmont County has received a generous donation from Belmont Savings Bank.
Started in 2002 by Bellaire native Margaret Paolucci, the Coat Closet gives out free coats to those who are in need for the winter season. Unlike other similar organizations, there are no hoops to jump through and sizes run from infant to adult.
Though it is called the Coat Closet of Belmont County, the volunteer-run organization seeks to serve all of the surrounding area and local counties. Last year, 1,154 coats were given away.
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From left are Shauna Walker, Karen Kahl, Margaret Paolucci, Tom Poe, Leah Monahan, Glenna Weyrick.
The Coat Closet accepts new or gently used coats and monetary donations. Belmont Savings Bank chose the latter, and has given the organization $10,000.
"We're proud to be a part of this," said Tom Poe, bank President and CEO. "We've been blessed and we want to share that blessing."
"It's our pleasure to do this for you," Poe told Paolucci. "We feel that strongly for what we do."
Belmont Savings Bank has a history of making charitable donations. Most recently, the bank gave away $10,000 to the Salvation Army of Belmont County.
The Coat Closet also benefits from retailers Macy's and Boscov's, as the stores allow Paolucci to purchase new winter coats at a discounted price.
The Coat Closet is located within the Bellaire Christian Church at 3565 Belmont St. It will open for the 2014 season on Oct. 1 and remain open until the end of December. Hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Paolucci at 740-676-5077 for more information.
Warner may be reached at mwarner@timesleader online.com.