How many times have you noticed children playing outside without a coat on even when it’s bitterly cold? For some kids, the cold weather is not a problem when they’re playing.
But for other kids, the reason for going without a coat is because they don’t have one.
Many children in our community come from families who are struggling financially. Even a necessity like a warm coat to wear to school and out on the playground can be hard to come by.
That’s why the Coats for Kids campaign was started 21 years ago in partnership with the Christian Aid Center. Over the years, hundreds of families in Walla Walla and College Place have benefited from this program. Last year, we extended our reach to children in Milton-Freewater. Here’s what Jaime Larsen, Child Development Specialist, from Gib Elementary School had to say after last year’s campaign.
Dear Coats for Kids,
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your program. The students who received the coats were very grateful to have a warm coat to wear through the winter. One student exclaimed, “Oh, this is so nice! Can I wear it now?” and proceeded to wear the coat to class for the remainder of the day.
We truly appreciate your help in meeting the needs of children and families in our community.
Last year, nearly 300 coats were given to children who really needed them. We know this because we work directly with the counselors in each school. This is my second year helping with this program, and I can tell you that when I deliver the coats, the staff are as happy and appreciative as the children.
This program is possible because of the kindness of friends like you. Your gift of $17 will provide one coat, or maybe you can give $85 which will help five kids in need. Whatever size gift you can give will help children stay warm this winter.
I also want you to know that all coats purchased for this campaign will be brand new. We think kids should not only be warm, but also feel special for having a coat purchased especially for them. Over and over again we hear this is the first new coat many of these children have ever owned. When they put on a new coat and won’t take it off (even inside the classroom), you know it means a lot to them.
With the weather getting colder, I hope you will take this opportunity to directly help a child by supporting the Coats for Kids campaign.