Neighbors Helping Neighbors wants to keep people warm this winter

mharrison@fortmilltimes.comJanuary 18, 2014 

It's been a cold winter and Neighbors Helping Neighbors wants to make sure everyone has a warm coat. They also provide a variety of assistance to people in need.


— Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a Tega Cay-based aid organization is holding a coat drive now through April to help everyone stay warm this winter.

This is the 10th year the volunteers are collecting and distributing coats for those in need. They’ve given away 10,000 coats since then and are committed to making sure everyone in the area stays warm.

And although coats are an immediate need, Neighbors Helping Neighbors is ready to assist residents of York, Lancaster and Chester counties in a variety of ways.

“Our main mission is to help the people in the tri-county area when they have a need, from staying in their home with their family in time of need when they lost a job, to providing essential items like beds and appliances,” said Diane K. Woods, vice president of Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

She stresses that help extends beyond Tega Cay.

“It’s not just about helping the neighbor next door,” she said. “We’re moving toward that, we’re growing.”

Right now, the group has about 15 members who collect, store and distribute clothes and household goods. And are looking for more volunteers.

The group also pays utility and other housing bills for those who demonstrate need. Neighbors Helping Neighbors also has a medical supply lending program for people who need short-term use of wheelchairs, crutches, canes and the like.

In the meantime, Neighbors Helping Neighbors is counting on the public to donate coats, shoes, appliances, furniture and cash. The group is a registered not-for-profit and anyone who donates will get a tax slip on request.

To find out how to apply for assistance or to make a donation, call Woods at 803-370-1988 or email

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Michael Harrison •  803-547-2353

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