Avoiding a Cool Yule

Beat the Cold for the Kids campaign comes to the rescue

The holiday season means that gloves, coats and hats have come out of the closet. But not everyone has the needed apparel for the wintry weather.

The fourth annual Beat the Cold for the Kids campaign comes to the rescue. Local music producer Dutch Beetz (a.k.a. Tyler Walton) and his mother Lisa are again spearheading the cause.

Within the past four years more than 7,000 items have been donated. The 2013 campaign collected more than 3,200 items, including hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and socks, which were distributed to needy Central New York children.

Drop-off locations include Bach Photo, 111 N. Main St., North Syracuse; Ponchitos, 3800 New Court Ave.; Studio Dog, 621 W. Fayette St.; OC’s Fat Boy BBQ, 317 N. Salina St.; and Taste of Philadelphia, 2533 James St. Items can be donated through Dec. 15.

For more information on Beat the Cold for the Kids, contact Lisa Walton through

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