Salvation Army Opens Winter Weather Drive

Nick Brunevaus, Peter Auer, and Riley Auer are pictured with a Bundle Them Up Campaign bin at Maple Grove Junior-Senior High School in 2017. Submitted photo

The Salvation Army is accepting donations for its Bundle Them Up Campaign, a yearly drive to provide as many new or gently used jackets and other winter itmes as possible to low-income children southern Chautauqua County.

Jamestown Public Schools, Falconer Central School, Panama Central School and Maple Grove High School serve as collection sites for the drive. The donations are picked up in mid-October and cleaned at Anderson Cleaners.

“The children that we serve come from all over southern Chautauqua County,” wrote Elizabeth Lopez, Salvation Army emergency basic needs coordinator, in a letter to prospective donation sites.“Most of the children we served live in Jamestown, which is a walking district. Keeping these kids warm in Western New York winters is such an important priority to us. Last year we provided 255 children with jackets, mittens, scarves and hats.”

Jackets should be new or gently used with working zippers and no tears or stains. All sizes, from newborn to adult, are collected; the program is open to all school-aged children, high schoolers included.