To help families in the area, the State Gazette is promoting its Coats for Kids program this fall and is accepting coats of all sizes. The program, which began in 2008, has so far distributed approximately 1,200 coats to children in need.
And the need grows every year.
"The cost of buying a coat year after year can be overwhelming for some families, especially if they have more than one child," said State Gazette Publisher Sheila Rouse. "This is a simple need that we can help fill for the children in the area."
Coats of all shapes and sizes will be accepted, but this year there is a particular need for the following sizes:
* Newborn to 12 months
* Sizes 8 to 18 for both boys and girls
Coats should be clean winter coats and can be dropped off at the State Gazette located at 294 Highway 51 Bypass in Dyersburg between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Rouse says that through the generosity of corporate sponsors like Tim Castellaw Ford - Tim Castellaw Toyota of Dyersburg she hopes the State Gazette can reach every child in need so that no child will have to be cold this winter.
"Together we can provide a warm coat for every child in our community," said Rouse.
Parents who have children needing a coat can bring their child to the State Gazette between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to try on a coat.
For more information or to make a donation in lieu of coats contact State Gazette Office Manager Jina Jeffries at 285-4091.