Any extra coats taking up space in closets can be priceless to those without warm clothing.
The annual coat giveaway at Union Mission is set for Saturday and officials are concerned about meeting needs.
"Each year Union Mission collects coats and distributes them to those in need throughout the local area," said Tammy R. Scott, director of development. "With the weather turning cold, many people are depending on these coats. A warm coat makes all the difference to the homeless living on the streets and to the child waiting on the bus in the bitter cold.
"Last year we received over 800 coats to give out," she said. "This year we have only received around 400 coats. With the coat giveaway on Saturday, we are in need of warm coats."
Anyone with coats to donate may drop them off at Union Mission, 700 South Park Road in Charleston, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.
Coats will be accepted up until the time of the giveaway and thereafter because warm coats are an ongoing need as the bitter cold of winter hits the area.
The coat giveaway is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday when anyone who needs a coat will get one as long as supplies hold out.
Coats should be clean and in good condition. Gently used coats as well as new ones will be appreciated, Scott said.
"We always run out of children's coats," she said. "They grow out of them from year to year. We get a lot of jackets. We need warm coats" for the cold weather that is coming.