TROY - Here's a story to warm your heart - and your body.

Recently, I talked with Jamie Hall, coordinator of the Troy Fair Queen program, about the program's third annual coat drive, which is going on now.

According to Jamie, they've been giving out 300 coats each year in the coat drive. The coats go to needy families who can't afford to buy a new coat.

For the 2013 coat drive, Jamie said they started collecting coats on Nov. 27 and will continue doing so until Dec. 27.

There are collection boxes where you can drop off a lightly worn men's, women's or children's coat, as well as hats and gloves, in the following locations:

- First Citizens Community Bank: Canton, Troy, Towanda, Gillett, and Sayre

- Citizens and Northern Bank: Troy, East Smithfield, Towanda, and Sayre

- Chemung Canal Trust Company: Canton, Troy and Towanda

The first distribution will be in mid-December, with the date to be announced. The distributions take place at the Troy Food Bank and The Bridge in Waverly, N.Y.

For more information, call Jamie at (570) 250-0641.

Jamie noted that former Troy Fair Queen Luanne Antisdel started the coat drive after the 2011 flood, helping Valley residents.

Ever since, it's been held each year.

"We realized it was a well-received program and made it part of our community service program," Jamie said. "When I was dropping them off at the food bank, people were really thrilled to have them."

She said the program provides a good variety of coats, and "some of them are so lightly worn, they look new."

In the Sixth Annual First Friday Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. Friday in Towanda, you can donate a coat to the coat drive.

The fair queen royalty will be walking in the parade, and will collect the coats.

Jamie said those wanting to donate should stand along the parade route, and the girls will pick them up.

Look for Troy Fair Queen Maria Demas, First Alternate Troy Fair Queen Whitney Bailey, and Second Alternate Troy Fair Queen Sara Craig.

Western Bradford Notebook is an occasional feature focusing on the Troy-Canton area and surrounding communities in western Bradford County. If you have a story idea for this feature, contact staff writer Eric Hrin at (570) 297-5251; email: