Susan Perry, right, who is Owens chairman of diagnostic medical sonography, shows former student Julia Wyse a few of the donated items to be given away as part of "Susie's Coats."
A program to give out winter coats, mittens, hats, scarves, and other clothing takes place Saturday and Dec. 8 in downtown Toledo with help from Owens Community College faculty and students.
The community outreach initiative, entitled “Susie’s Coats,” begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday (and at the same time Dec. 8) with winter clothing being distributed at the corner of North Michigan Avenue and Adams Street in downtown Toledo from a trailer donated by Toledo Harley-Davidson in Toledo. The distribution by Owen’s representatives will end at 11:30 a.m. both days.
The program is named in honor of Owens Diagnostic Medical Sonograpy Chair Susan Perry of Woodville. Now in its sixth year, “Susie’s Coats” has provided over 2,200 winter clothing items to those less fortunate.
Ms. Perry, who was once homeless as a child, said the initiative began when she celebrated her 50th birthday. Her family asked what she wanted for her birthday, which is Dec. 1, and she told them she is blessed to have everything she wanted so she asked her family to help others and “Susie’s Coats” was started. Ms. Perry said she hopes to have 800 items to distribute this year.
For more information, or to donate, call 567-661-7560 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7560. Owens is based in Perrysburg Township.