United Way Outerwear Drive Helping Olmsted County

Posted at: 10/28/2013 6:49 PM
By: Sean Boswell

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- "One of the times we came here we didn't have money to get coats for the kids," said Michael Litzau.

Litzau was at the United Way Outerwear Drive today with his wife. They have three kids at home, and are thankful this drive exists.

“Something like this helped us get through the Winter,” said Litzau.

Litzau bought himself and members of his family coats last year.


"It’s really important for us to provide this service every year. There's families that are in our community, in Olmsted County that don't have the financial means to purchase winter coats for their kids or themselves,” said Becky Nahvi with the United Way.

This event runs every year. This year they expect to help over 2,600 people.

"There’s a good selection. I really think there's something for everyone. We've been lucky so far, we've been finding what the kids would like," said Litzau.


"They’ve already had to wear their jackets and hats this year so basically we have put them in their last years... One hardly fits and the other one has some holes, a couple holes," said Trish O’Reilly.

O’Reilly also has three kids to shop for. A former social worker, she’s seen both sides of the issue.

"They’re in a position financially that they may be just skating by financially or some even not employed," said O’Reilly.

The drive runs through Tuesday. Any donations are welcome. The United Way is also looking for more volunteers for the event.