‘Coats for Kids’ program aims to distribute more than 3,000 coats

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – “Coats for Kids,” a program that annually distributes 3,800+ coats to underserved children in the area has been launched for 2016.

The kick-off event occurred at MLK Montessori School on Monday. Individuals are asked to donate gently used or new coats. Coats will be collected at all Peerless Cleaner locations, Kroger stores, Penn Station, Jefferson Pointe, and Adams Radio of Fort Wayne, according to a press release from Volunteer Fort Wayne.

Collections will continue through Sunday, December 4. Coats will be delivered to schools and social service agencies by the Fort Wayne Fire Department (FWFD) prior to the Holiday break during the week of December 12, according to the press release.

Cash donations are also welcome. $25 will put a new coat, hat, scarf and mittens on a child. Secure online donations will be accepted at Volunteer Fort Wayne’s Donation page. FWFD donated $1,000 to the program.

2016 marks the 17th year the program has been distributing coats. A total of 49,000 winter coats have been distributed through schools and social service agencies over the years.

For more information, see Visit Fort Wayne.