Coats For Kids to kick off for a 20th year

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – November 9th marks the start of the 2019 Coats for Kids Campaign sponsored by the Volunteer Center. Guest of Honor, Mayor Tom Henry, will kick off the campaign by distributing coats to the children at MLK Montessori School, 6001 South Anthony Blvd. on Tuesday, November 12th at 10 a.m.

This is the 20th year for Coats for Kids, traditionally providing more than 5,000 warm winter coats to local underserved children. To date, over 66,000 coats have been delivered to over 100 area schools and social service agencies in the area.

Beginning Saturday, November 9th, donations of new or gently used winter coats (Children’s Size 7 & above to adult sizes) are being collected at partner locations including Peerless Cleaners, Kroger, YMCA, Adams Radio Group and Parkview Ortho Hospital. Collections will continue through Sunday, December 1st.

Volunteer Center’s Executive Director Ani Etter states “This is one of the most impactful programs the Volunteer Center coordinates. With almost 20% of children age 18 and under living in poverty in Allen County, this is an opportunity for the community to provide tangible help to a child in need. The Fort Wayne community is very giving and has always opened their hearts to help support this cause. ”

Cash donations are greatly appreciated and helps with the purchase of additional coats that are always needed. $25 will provide a new coat, hat, scarf and mittens to a child in need. Secure online donations are accepted here

Fort Wayne Firefighters, YMCA team members and community volunteers will deliver the coats to schools and social service agencies during the week of December 10th, prior to the holiday break.