Sweater drive now on for area needy

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Organizers of the Layers of Love sweater drive, from left, Kimberly Meyer, of Limestone Medical Center, LeeAnn Guest, of Guardian Healthcare, and Brooke Anderson, of Providence Hospice, examine some of the coats, jackets and sweaters they have begun gathering from the public to help keep people warm this winter. Parkview Regional Hospital is also a sponsor of the month-long drive. Boxes like those seen here are being placed in Mexia and Groesbeck businesses for residents to donate new sweaters, coats, jackets, gloves, hats and mufflers. The donated items will be distributed to Limestone County senior centers and schools for those who need them. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Texas winters can be fiercely cold, but a handy sweater can keep the chill away.

Four local health-related businesses have teamed up to create a drive to collect new sweaters – as well as gloves, socks, hats, coats, mufflers, coats and blankets – to help those who lack these items and need help obtaining them.
“We felt like the area was in need of warm clothing for this upcoming winter season, so we’re asking the community to support us in this,” said Brooke Anderson, of Providence Hospice.

Providence, Parkview Regional Hospital, Limestone Medical Center and Guardian Healthcare are the sponsors of the drive, which runs the entire month of October. Then, Nov. 1 will be the final day of the drive when those involved hope for one final all-out day of donating to this cause.

“The last day we’ll be collecting is Friday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,” Anderson said. “We’ll be set up at LMC and Parkview for people to drop items off.”

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