The Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging has announced the kick-off of the 2016 Coats for Seniors collection project. This statewide project collects clean, gently used coats for older adults in need. In addition, for every coat collected, L.L. Bean will donate $5 for fuel assistance for older adults, according to a news release from the association.

“Too many older Mainers face the cold winter with a worn out coat and no money to pay full price for a new coat,” said Jessica Maurer, executive director of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging, in the release. “For each coat donated, we receive double — a coat for someone in need, plus money to provide fuel. Two ways to keep seniors warm this season”.

Collection sites include Maine’s area agencies on aging, as well as many other local community sites. The project is collecting coats through Nov. 30.

M4A is a private, nonprofit organization that is the advocacy voice for Maine’s five Area Agencies on Aging on issues that promote independence, dignity and economic self-reliance for Maine’s elders. To donate a coat, contact the association or donate at any of the drop off sites below. Also, consider making a financial contribution to the association’s fuel fund this holiday season.

• L.L. Bean: Nov. 18-20 during their Northern Lights Celebration. Please visit us in the lobby.

• Avesta Housing, Portland;

• Bath YMCA, Bath;

• Ben and Jerry’s, Freeport;

• The Center, Kennebunk;

• The Cohen Center, Biddeford;

• The Community Center, Boothbay Harbor;

• Eastern Area Agency on Aging, Bangor;

• Harpswell Aging at Home, Harpswell;

• Kennebunk Police Department, Kennebunk;

• OPTA Physical Therapy, Scarborough;

• People Plus, Brunswick;

• The Plant Home, Bath;

• Scarborough Town Office, Scarborough;

• SeniorsPlus, Lewiston;

• Southern Maine Agency on Aging, Scarborough;

• Spectrum Generations, Augusta; and

• The Stewart Center, Falmouth.

Those interested in being a drop-off site can contact the association.

For more information, visit or call 877-353-3771.

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