Chamber events canceled, but we need your help to feed our children


All Coats Area Chamber of Commerce events that were scheduled through April are postponed until further notice. We will continue to postpone events as needed.

We have contacted all our members via email and have requested that they keep us informed to their updates, schedule modifications and needs due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Coats Area Chamber of Commerce will do our best to keep you informed.

We are sharing every announcement from officials and our businesses on our Facebook page. Please make sure you like our page so that you will be notified.


Items to collect: Cereal, packs of oatmeal, cans of fruit, cans of ravioli, peanut butter, crackers, cans of soup, cans of vegetables, etc. Please no perishables, sweets, candy, refrigerated foods.

Coats Community Church is providing use of their Fellowship Hall on the corners of N.C. Highways 27 and 55.

Donation Drop off times: Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Sunday 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Bags will be packed Sunday at 2:30 p.m. to be delivered and distributed on Monday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! Please call...919-820-1743

This will be continued as long as the students are out of school.

Safety and social distancing measures will be followed. Thank you for helping the children in our community to have food to eat while they are at home during this time. God bless you! — Gale Penny

Shop Local tips

Please support local!

When our lives begin to resume some sort of normalcy we are all going to want our local businesses and organizations to be able to re-open.

Your support now may make all the difference in the world.

While we may not be able to give them our patronage in person right now, there is much we can do to show our support.

Visit your favorite restaurant’s website and purchase gift cards for yourself and others to keep some money flowing to their bottom lines. If those restaurants are still offering takeout or delivery, make a point to order from them now and again soon. And get gift cards for professional services like hair/nail salons and massage studios, entertainment/event specialists, artisan and crafts dealers/stores, local gyms/trainers/instructors, thrift shops and a myriad of other businesses.

If your local shops sell their merchandise online, make purchases — even if the goods won’t be available right away.

If you’re shopping online for things you’ll need while in self-quarantine, like home exercise equipment or activities for the kids, seek out local businesses to make these purchases.

If you use a service provider who won’t be needed or can’t provide that service right now — a dog walker, house cleaner, day care provider, a lawn service or any of the other folks who keep our lives in order and make them better — consider paying (advancing or donating) or sharing resources like food with the person or company regardless so they’ll be there for you again when this is over.

From the town of Coats

Town Manager, Nick Holcomb reports the town staff is operating at normal capacity. "We are making every attempt to take care of your needs all while limiting face to face interaction," stated Mr. Holcomb on Thursday March 19. We respectfully encourage all of our citizens and community members to follow the guidelines and mandates set before us by local, state and federal officials.

From the Coats mayor

"We are all trying to adapt to this new situation. Please continue to practice social distancing and support local businesses when you can. Please stay safe and God bless," Mayor Chris Coats said.


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