Keeping warm this season

Edward Jones collecting hats, scarves and gloves

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From now until Dec. 20, people may donate new or gently used hats, mittens, scarves and gloves for adults and kids at any of the three Edward Jones locations in Marshalltown. The items will be given to the Caring Center, Inc., where they will be distributed to those in need.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO From now until Dec. 20, people may donate new or gently used hats, mittens, scarves and gloves for adults and kids at any of the three Edward Jones locations in Marshalltown. The items will be given to the Caring Center, Inc., where they will be distributed to those in need.

Recognizing many locals will not have the proper clothing and accessories for the winter season, local agencies are doing their part to fill the gap. As a way of giving back to the community, Marshalltown’s three Edward Jones offices are accepting new or gently used hats, mittens, scarves and gloves for adults and kids now through Dec. 20.

Now in its seventh year, the collection campaign benefits the Caring Center, Inc., a local organization that gives away articles of clothing and household items to people who would otherwise go without. It is located at 110 W. Main St.

“We just want to be able to donate to the community and help people out,” said Edward Jones Office Administrator Linda Ames. “We want to help replenish the Caring Center’s supply [of these things], for both children and adults.”

Some people have even donated homemade hats and scarves for this drive in the past. Last year, a total of 213 hats, 131 gloves and mittens and 42 scarves were collected during the drive.

Those interested in donating may drop off materials at any of the Marshalltown Edward Jones locations in Marshalltown: 16 E. Main St. (City Centre,) 20 S. First Ave, and 507 W. High St., Suite. B, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Items will be given to the Caring Center after Dec. 21.

“We have boxes set out for people to donate to — anyone can stop in,” Ames said.

For more information, contact Ames at: 641-752-3017.

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Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or sjordan@timesrepublican.com