Center asking for winter coat donations

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In the last 19 years, more than 60,000 coats have been delivered to schools and agencies across Fort Wayne. It’s part of the Volunteer Center’s Coats for Kids drive.

Each year the center distributes 5,000 coats to kids who need to stay warm during the winter.  On Tuesday, kids at MLK Montessori School were fitted with new winter jackets. Several were donated by Berne Clothing.

“This is one of the most rewarding programs the Volunteer Center is blessed to be a part of,” said Volunteer Center Executive Director Ani Etter. “The Fort Wayne community is very generous, and it is heartwarming to know that neighborhood children will be well prepared to face the winter weather.”

Fort Wayne Firefighters, YMCA team members and community volunteers will deliver the coats to schools and social service agencies during the week of December 17th, before the holiday break.

The community can donate gently used or new coats from child size to young adult from now until December 2. Drop-off locations are Peerless Cleaners, Kroger, Adams Radio Group, Parkview Ortho Hospital and Lee’s

Cash donations are also appreciated. $25 will provide a new coat, hat, scarf and mittens to a child in need. To donate, click here.

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