ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – A winter clothing giveaway drive will be taking place on the first weekend of November in Elmira to give winter clothing to those in need.

The Elmira Coat Drive Distribution, hosted by The Islamic Association of the Finger Lakes and LECOM Muslim Student Association, will be taking place on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. until noon in the parking lot at Weis Grocery Market in Elmira. This will be the third year for the giveaway.

“It’s really great for us to really go into the community because we’re used to just kind of being in our rooms or the library studying and the community gives so much to us. So it’s nice to give back to the community,” said Sana Effendi, one of the coat giveaway organizers.

“It’s imperative as our job as physicians and training to stay involved with the community,” said Fazeel Qamar, coat giveaway organizer. “And to step in when we see that the people need help in whichever way it is, and if that means we can help them at a basic level with providing coats and mittens and gloves and I think that’s something that we should do as humans and in our career as physicians.”

During the event, children and adults can pick up a jacket, scarf or a pair of gloves for free. Those who show up are limited to one item per person. If you have any questions about the giveaway, you can reach out to events@ioflcenter.org. You can also view information about the event on Facebook.