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Aiken O’Charley’s is collecting coats for the Cumbee Center

December 21, 2018 GMT

O’Charley’s in Aiken is collecting donations of coats from their customers to help people in need for the wintertime.

“This is the first year we’ve done this,” said O’Charley’s General Manager Galen Jones, who has been with the restaurant for around two years.

The restaurant is collecting coats, new and used, for men, women, and children in need of warm clothing. The coats are being donated the the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons.

“It’s just to kind of help out some people in the community that don’t always get a lot of help,” Jones said.

The restaurant has already dropped off a box of “about 30 to 40” coats to the Cumbee Center, according to Jones, and they are continuing to collect more.

Staff at O’Charley’s said there is no set end date for the coat collection. It will last as long as the cold weather does.

“We want to continue to keep collecting coats until it’s no longer cold outside,” said Margaret Villegas, another manager at the restaurant, in an email. “That way we can help as many people as possible.”

Anyone who donates a coat to the drive will receive 10 percent off their bill at O’Charley’s that same day.

Cumbee Center Executive Director Susan Selden said they were “so delighted” to receive the coats, and expressed gratitude to all those who had donated.

“And we are especially grateful for the staff at O’Charley’s for hosting this coat drive,” Selden said in an email. “It takes all of us working together to provide the essentials that our clients need while escaping abuse and rebuilding their lives.”

O’Charley’s of Aiken is located at 168 S Aiken Lane No. 300. For more information about the coat drive, call the restaurant at 803-644-8874.