Dear friend,

Dear friend,

I’m so excited to be involved with the Coats for Kids campaign!

As a mother of school-age children, I know it can be a challenge to keep up with all of their needs—especially when they are growing so fast! For children whose parents struggle financially, it can be even more difficult. A necessity like a warm coat can be hard to come by.

That’s why the Coats for Kids campaign was started nearly 20 years ago in partnership with the Christian Aid Center. Over the years, hundreds of families in College Place and Walla Walla have benefited from this program. Last year alone, nearly 500 coats were given to children who really needed them. We know this because we work directly with the counselors in each school. They provide us the specifics—like size, gender, and what grade the child is in. We buy the coats and make sure to get them delivered as soon as possible, especially when the weather is cold.

For me, the best part of the campaign is when I hear stories about the kids who received the coats. Last year, there was a boy from Prospect Point Elementary School who loved his coat so much he wouldn’t take it off—even to sleep! There was another child who asked the school counselor to tell him when the Coats for Kids volunteers came back. When they did, he ran to them and gave them a big hug.

Over and over again, we hear this is the first new coat many of these children have ever owned.

Providing new coats is very important to us, because we think kids should not only be warm, but also feel special for having a coat purchased especially for them.

This is only 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.

With the weather getting colder, the requests for coats are coming in. I hope you will give what you can to support the Coats for Kids campaign.


Patty Smith
Campaign Chair