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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Temperatures are below freezing as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday and since it is the giving season, now is the time to donate to those in need.

Bitter cold temperatures and even a few flurries are making it feel like winter is already here. While it is expected to warm up slightly over the next few days, this certainly isn't the last we'll see of snow or below freezing temperatures over the next few months.

Just one day away from Thanksgiving, now is a good time to consider clearing out winter clothes that aren't being used and donating them to someone who needs it.

The Salvation Army operates a free clothing center for the community. They're always in need of winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves, especially for children.

"The reality is there are a lot of poor and homeless in our community and they don't have warm winter attire," says Major Debra Ashcraft, Associate Area Coordinator at the Salvation Army. "If you have something in your closet, a lot of us have things in our closets we do not wear, please consider donating that."

Clothing and food donations can be dropped off at the Salvation Army between 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. during the week. Donations can also be dropped off on the weekends at the Hanger Lodge on West Main.


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