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DePauw Assists Successful 'Coats for Kids' Drive

November 26, 2008

Fall Leaves East College Nov 2008.JPGNovember 26, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - "It truly was a community effort," says Linda Merkel, who coordinated this year's Putnam County Coats for Kids drive. About 700 coats were collected for needy local families, about double last year's total. Contributors to the effort included "DePauw University, which donated the use of its athletic facility's washer and dryer to launder donated coats," reports the Banner-Graphic.

"Merkel attributed this year's jump in numbers to a couple of factors," notes the newspaper. "First, it was held in the community building at the Putnam County Fairgrounds instead of the senior center, which meant hours could be extended and more parking was available. Secondly, Merkel said, the economy likely played a role."

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