Yes, it is the Lowcountry. But it does get cold here. And not everyone can afford a warm coat.
A local furniture store has made it a priority to keep Beaufort County warm for the past couple of decades.
Furniture Warehouse Design Gallery in Beaufort is hosting its 21st annual coat drive through the end of the year. Donated jackets, coats and sweaters will be given to HELP of Beaufort, Bluffton Self Help and The Deep Well Project on Hilton Head Island to distribute to families in need.
Furniture Warehouse owner Larry Mark said the company has distributed more than 37,000 coats over the years. His wife, Robyn, came up with the idea as a way to give back to the community. He said he thinks the first coat drive generated about 300 coats. The Marks are hoping to collect 4,500 this year.
"Year after year it just grew and grew," Larry said. "Now it really dominates our thinking from November through December. So it's a big deal, and we're excited that it's turned into what it has."
The following sites will accept donations through Dec. 31: Furniture Warehouse Design Gallery at Perimeter Walk in Beaufort; Carolina Stamper in Beaufort; Battery Creek and Hilton Head Island high schools; and BB&T branches located at 95 Port Republic Street in Beaufort, 2 Burnt Church Road in Bluffton and Unit A at 1008 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head; and 1 Kemmerlin Lane on Lady's Island.