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Coats for Kids in need of donations

Thursday, November 29, 2012

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The Coats for Kids closet on the boys' side is especially thin. The State Gazette is accepting coats of all sizes but is particularly in need of coats for boys sizes 4T to 18.
Temperatures this week have dipped to below freezing, forcing many parents to begin digging out winter coats for their kids. However, many kids do not have the luxury of a winter coat as the tough economy has made it difficult for many families to buy coats for their children on a yearly basis. To help families in the area, the State Gazette began the Coats for Kids program in 2008 with the goal of distributing winter coats to children in need. So far the program has given approximately 1,200 coats to kids in need.

"Through the generosity of corporate donors we have been able to fulfill our mission of giving a coat to many children in need in our community," said State Gazette Publisher Shelia Rouse. "However, our work is not done and there are still many kids in need of a winter coat."

This season the need seems to be more than ever with the State Gazette fitting well over 100 kids with coats so far. In one afternoon alone State Gazette Office Manager Jina Jeffries says that 79 children came through the doors looking for coats. And winter is not even here yet.

"It's heartbreaking to have to turn a child away because we do not have their size," said Rouse. "This is a simple need that we can fill if we all come together to support the children in our community."

Coats of all shapes and sizes will be accepted but right now there is a particular need for coats sizes 4T to 18 especially for boys. 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.

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 Jeffries at 285-4091.



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