BRISTOL, Tenn./Va. -

Although it’s technically still summer, a local college is already thinking about winter and working to help people in our area get jackets.

The 13th annual “Coats for Kids” campaign is now underway in Bristol. King College collected nearly 500 coats last year and hope to get even more jackets this year.

Organizers and volunteers hope the changing weather and change in wardrobes will mean more donations. "The weather will start changing here soon. We hope people cleaning out closes will have some winter coats they want to give away,” said Julie Roberson, Assistant Dean for Student Engagement.

Donated children’s coats may be dropped off at King College as well as any Bristol, Tenn., or Bristol, Va., elementary school, St. Anne’s Catholic School, The Academy at King, Sullins Academy, or Craig’s Cleaners located at 1375 Volunteer Parkway #12 Bristol, Tenn.

Monetary donations designated for “Coats for Kids” will be accepted at King College’s administration building.

King College student volunteers will give away coats to families on a first-come first-serve basis in Kline Gym on Saturday, October 27 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The deadline to drop off coats at the drop off locations in Bristol TN/VA is October 15. However, coats may be dropped off at King College up to October 24.