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FWDG encourages community involvement in coat drive

FWDG, a local furniture store, is once again partnering with HELP of Beaufort, Bluffton Self Help and the Deep Well Project on Hilton Head Island to host its 23rd annual coat drive. Over the past two decades, the event has shared more than 41,000 gently used coats with Beaufort County families, ensuring donations help local residents.

“We are constantly amazed at the outpouring of community support for our coat drive,” said Larry Mark, owner of FWDG. “It started so small and now it has pretty much taken on a life of its own.

But we still need people to spread the word, because even after 23 years we still find people who don’t know there’s another option to throwing away their old coats. We make sure that the coats we distribute are given away for free and not sold — and each coat and jacket helps a Beaufort County family stay warm.”

Jackets, coats and sweaters can be dropped off at the following location sites through December 31:

• FWDG:

745 Robert Smalls Parkway, Beaufort

• Carolina Stamper:

203 Carteret Street, Beaufort (“Where the Bubbles Blow”).

And the following BB&T Bank Branches:

• 1 Kemmerlin Drive, Lady’s Island

• 905 Port Republic Street, Beaufort

HELP of Beaufort, Bluffton Self Help and the Deep Well Project on Hilton Head will distribute all donated outerwear to families in need.

For more information, please contact Larry Mark at 843-524-8695 or by e-mail at lmark@fwdgonline.com or visit online at www.fwdgonline.com.

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