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Randolph College Nursery School Collecting Gently Used Coats for Salvation Army

Preschoolers hope to fill a refrigerator box with adult and children's coats

12/9/2010 12:52:22 PM


LYNCHBURG—The Randolph College Nursery School will be collecting gently used coats to benefit the Salvation Army until Dec. 17.

Organizers hope the drive will fill a need for the Salvation Army and also teach the preschoolers at the school a lesson in giving to those less fortunate.

“We always like to do something of this nature around the holidays to help our children realize that not everyone is as fortunate as they are,” said Holly Layne, director of the Nursery School. “There is so much talk about what they are getting from Santa Clause. We want them to think about others too.”

When Layne heard that the Salvation Army was in need of children’s coats, she and the other teachers got excited about helping other children in the city. The preschoolers want to fill a refrigerator box with gently used coats. “When we talked to our students about the sad fact that some children don’t have coats, one child yelled out, ‘We’ve got to do something,’” Layne said.

The Nursery School will be accepting gently used coats (children and adult sizes) from the Randolph College community until December 17. The school will then donate the coats to the Salvation Army for their coat closet at the Center of Hope on Park Avenue. The center provides the coats free of charge to those in need.

For more information, contact Holly Layne at or Brenda Edson at

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations