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Welcome Baby Program Seeks Donations for Annual Coat Drive

Final Push for Donations Needed As Year Comes To Close

Post Date:12/21/2018


DURHAM — Durham County Cooperative Extension’s Welcome Baby Annual Coat Drive gathers coats each year to help keep children warm in Durham. Last year, the program reached record collection numbers and made nearly 400 coats available to children visiting the Welcome Baby Giving Closet. This year, coat collections are down, and the program is calling on the public to help meet this year’s goals.


“To date we have collected 162 coats. Last year this time, we were further along,” said Welcome Baby Program Coordinator Patience M. Mukelabai. “Each year, we want to increase the number of coats we collect; and that is very important as the demand for winter coats continues to grow.” 


Donors seeking to participate in the current coat drive are asked to keep in mind that only new or gently used children’s coats in sizes 0 – 7/8 are being collected for the Welcome Baby Annual Coat Drive. All clothes sizes within range are accepted with 4T and 5T being the most highly demanded sizes. 

According to Mukelabai, hats, gloves and other winter clothing items are accepted during the Coat Drive and can donated through the Welcome Baby Giving Closet. 


Easy to locate collection points for the 2018 Welcome Baby Annual Coat Drive include:

  • Durham County South Regional Library, 4505 S Alston Avenue
  • Durham County Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Road
  • Durham County North Regional Library, 221 Milton Road
  • Welcome Baby, 721 Foster Street


Collection times are based upon the hours of the DCo Library locations which can be found at Items can be dropped off at the Welcome Baby Program location Monday through Friday from 8:30a.m. until 4 p.m.


For details about the Welcome Baby Annual Coat Drive, watch this video or contact Welcome Baby Coordinator Patience Mukelabai at (919) 560-7392 or Information about the Welcome Baby Program can be found at


About Welcome Baby and Giving Closest

Welcome Baby is a program of Durham County Cooperative Extension and is supported by Durham’s Partnership for Children. Serving more than 10,000 Durham families each year, the department provides parent education, car seat classes, Cribs for Kids, and the Giving Closet.  The Giving Closest provides clothing and supplies to families of young children from birth to age five.



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