CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The 2019 school year is underway and a local fuel company is encouraging the community to donate gently used coats. As fall and winter approach, making sure kids are warm while waiting at the bus stop is a top priority. 

Foster Fuels is hosting their ‘Spread the Warmth’ Coat Drive and they need the Charlottesville community's help. Foster fuels says now is a great time to go through the coats and jackets in your home as the school year begins and the weather starts to cool down.

You can donate new or gently used coats at any of their seven locations state-wide. The Charlottesville Showroom on Richmond Road is donating all their coats to Stone Robinson Elementary School.

Sales Manager Bill Moss says there are a lot of children who go all winter without a coat. "So we said so why not get gently used coats? The community, people can go through their closet and look and say ‘you know, what I don't need this’ let me give it to someone who can really use it and to be able to take care of our children. Well, what is better than that.”

There is a donation box located in every Foster Fuels Showroom location. Foster Fuels will be accepting donations now through October 4th during normal business hours


Foster Fuels Press Release:

BROOKNEAL, VA – Foster Fuels is hosting a coat drive event called “Spread the Warmth” at the start of the 2019 school year. The local fuel company is encouraging the community to gather any gently used, unneeded coats that may be lying around their homes. These coats will be donated to various area elementary schools selected by the company’s showrooms throughout Central Virginia. Coat donations can be brought to any Foster Fuels showroom location, during normal business hours, between August 13 and October 4, 2019. To view the full list of showrooms and addresses, you can go to their website. Each location is working with a local elementary school in their area as well as Lake Christian Ministries of Smith Mountain Lake. www.fosterfuels.com/locations. Each location is working with a local elementary school in their area as well as Lake Christian Ministries of Smith Mountain Lake.

“We are so excited to be hosting a coat drive this year. It is a great way to engage the community and help keep the kids in the community warm as well. There are so many children in the community that go all winter without a coat. We want to help spread the warmth and this is one way to do that. Now is a great time to go through the coats and jackets in your home as the school year begins and the weather starts to get cooler,” Jennifer Bryant-Foster, Foster Fuels’ Vice President of Real Estate & Sales Management says.

The following are the organizations that Foster Fuels is working with this season:

• Brookneal Designated Organization: Sydnor Jennings and Brookneal Elementary Schools
• Danville/Blairs Area Designated Organization: Chatham Elementary School
• Charlottesville Designated Organization: Stone Robinson Elementary School
• Forest Designated Organization: New London Academy
• Huddleston Designated Organization: Lake Christian Ministries
• Lovingston Designated Organization: Tye River Elementary School
• Rustburg/Lynchburg Area Designated Organization: Rustburg Elementary School

For more information, you can go to fosterfuels.com. Foster Fuels encourages the community to participate in the coat drive to keep kids warm and declutter their homes by donating some unused coats.