Winter gear needed for Charitable Union’s annual coat drive in Battle Creek


As temperatures begin to drop, the Charitable Union of Battle Creek is asking the community for help to keep the most vulnerable people warm.

Founded in 1887, Charitable Union is Battle Creek’s oldest charitable organization and remains true to its original purpose of providing clothing and household items to those in need. The nonprofit at 85 Calhoun St. provides free clothing, personal care items, formula, steel-toed shoes, and household items to Calhoun County residents living with Bridge Cards, Medicaid and WIC.

In partnership with local schools, businesses and organizations, Charitable Union has launched its annual Winter Coat and Gear Drive, which provides more than 2,000 warm coats, hats, gloves and scarves to people in the need.

The following items are the most needed sizes by gender:

∙ Boys 12 months, 3T, 7, 12, 16, 18 and 20.

∙ Girls 12 months, 18 months, 6, 7, 8, 16, 18 and 20.

∙ Men’s small, medium and XX-large.

∙ Women’s small, medium and XX-large.

Items can be dropped off at the following locations during normal business hours until October 31:

∙ Battle Creek Hearing Center

∙ Battle Creek Honda

∙ BlueOx Credit Union

∙ Calhoun Christian School

∙ Calhoun County District Attorney’s Office

∙ Ermisch Travel

∙ Fifth Third Bank

∙ Flagstar Bank

∙ Ganton Senior Communities

∙ Grace Health

∙ Grand Trunk Credit Union

∙ Harper Creek Schools

∙ Honor Credit Union (all three branches)

∙ Integrated health partners

∙ KALSEE Credit Union

∙ Kellogg Community Credit Union (all five branches)

∙ Lakeview Ford

∙ Lakeview High School

∙ Northpoint wood

∙ Podolsky & Wickham, LLC

∙ Southern Michigan Bank and Trust

∙ Sun Toyota

∙ Wells Fargo

∙ Willard Library

∙ Worges Insurance

The Charitable Union at 85 Calhoun Street in Battle Creek has partnered with local schools, businesses and organizations for its annual winter clothing and coat drive.

Items can also be dropped off at Charitable Union from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Charitable Union will host its annual Coats for Kids event the week of October 25. Families can contact the entire office at 269-964-7234 to schedule an appointment. Starting November 1, the coats will be available in the Charitable Union Free Store during normal business hours. Coats are limited to one person per season.

To make a donation or for more information, visit

Contact reporter Nick Buckley at [email protected] or 269-966-0652. Follow him on Twitter: @NickJBuckley


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