Gearing up for the cold

Gearing up for the cold

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - In the next 48 hours, we'll see another drop in temps. Bundling up with winter weather gear can keep you warm if your going to be outdoors.

Your must have accessory starting Wednesday night will be your coat.

Target on Dawson Road in Albany hasn't made way for spring clothes yet, with winter coats still on the racks-at discounted prices.

“Thirty percent off. We have ladies coats that are also on clearance, Children's we have a few of those left too," said Betty Billings.

Human Resource Manager Betty Billings expects sales of winter wear to increase tomorrow, but she believes the store has enough coats to handle the demand.

"Normally once they get down to a certain number in the store, a supply will be re-ordered. But as far as the coats here, we'll probably won't be getting more of those in," said Billings.

Central Monitoring is wrapping up its 9th annual One Warm Coat Drive. You can drop off coats in the boxes around town. So far this winter, they've only collected 598 coats compared to 850 this time last year.

"I think it's because people don't think about it very much until its gets really cold. We remind everybody it's going to be in the 20s," said Judy Randall.

Central Monitoring drops the coats off at Second Harvest Food Bank. Then they're given away free.

"They have pre-approved agencies and organizations that they work with pre-approved families and children,” Judy Randall.

But they don't want anyone left without a coat.

"If someone needs a coat we can contact them and try to find a coat for them," continue Randall

Central Monitoring says it's important to donate whatever you can.

"Right now, the primary need that we have is for children's coats. Those children outgrow those coats every year.”

Scarfs, hats and gloves will also be a definite necessity in the coming days.

You can drop off gently used coats at any Albany Fire Station, at Central Monitoring, and at WALB.

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