Thursday, November 13, 2014

Contribute New and Gently Used Coats for our Youngest Community Members

Welcome Baby’s annual winter coat drive is on! Last year, the 2nd Annual Welcome Baby Coat Drive yielded 350 coats, 87 hats, 82 pairs of gloves and 18 scarfs. We want to outdo last year’s collection and provide more warm coats in what is expected to be a cold winter.

Durham County Cooperative Extension’s Welcome Baby Program, will collect coats, hats, gloves and scarves until December 31st to keep our youngest community members warm this winter. The coats will be offered to families in need through Welcome Baby’s Giving Closet.

Items for collection are needed in sizes newborn to 7/8 years.

Drop off locations for this year’s drive include:

  • Durham County Cooperative Extension: 712 Foster Street
  • Durham County Main Library: 300 N. Roxboro Street
  • South Regional Library 4505 S. Alston Ave
  • North Regional Library 221 Milton Road
  • Southwest Regional Library 3605 Shannon Road

Welcome Baby Family Resource Center provides parenting education and support to families with young children in the Durham community. Services are available for free to all residents with children from birth to five years of age. Welcome Baby is a program of the Durham County Cooperative Extension and is partially funded by Durham’s Partnership for Children, a Smart Start Initiative, and the Duke Endowment. Welcome Baby serves approximately 10,000 families a year, buy providing parenting classes, car seat classes, cribs, developmental newsletters and through the Giving Closet. For more information, visit 

Welecome Baby's Giving Closet is where Durham families in need shop at no cost for clothes, diapers and baby equipment for their children five years and younger. The services are open to all Durham County and City residents. 

For more information, contact Patience Mukelabai, parent educator for the Welcome Baby Family Resource Center, at (919) 560-7392 or email

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