CAPS collecting hats, gloves and mittens

Will be donated to local children


While it is still technically fall, the cold chill in the air feels more like wintertime. Many local children do not have access to warm clothes, coats and accessories, so local agencies are stepping in to fill this gap.

CAPS (Child Abuse Prevention Services) is organizing its first collaborative hats, gloves and mittens drive, effective immediately,

“The Marshalltown Fire Department had previously condcuted this drive in the past, but are not anymore, so I thought we should get together with other groups to offer this,” said CAPS Executive Director Jana Enfield.

The drive is being co-sponsored by CAPS, the Marshalltown Police Department, Youth and Shelter Services (YSS) and MICA.

New or gently used items may be dropped off at CAPS’s office, located at 811 E. Main St., Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or at the MPD, located at 22 N. Center St., any time of day. Items should be able to fit pre-school and school-aged younsters.

“We will partner with local pre-schools and schools to distrubte the items in a couple of weeks,” Enfield said. “We know the schools have a need throughout the wintertime, especially for kids that may forget hats and gloves at home, so I don’t think we can have too many.”

Monetary donations are also being accepted.

For more information, contact Enfield at: 641-752-1730 or:


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