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Summit County coat drive highlights demand for kids’ jackets

Special to the Daily/Frank Ritmower

The Catholic Parish of St. Mary in Breckenridge and Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Silverthorne teamed with the Knights of Columbus and the Family & Intercultural Resource Center for the inaugural Coats for Kids coat drive.Between the two locations, 130 jackets were given to Summit County families, though demand for the smallest coat sizes exceeded the inventory.”We had to turn away several children because we ran out of the small coat sizes,” said Mike Kramer, event organizer from the Knights of Columbus. “This is the first year and it’s definitely been a learning experience.”The high demand on coats for young children motivates the effort to continue the drive throughout the year, according to Kramer.”We had 150 small children show up for the coat drive and we ran out of jackets pretty early on,” Kramer said. “We expected to see more young adults, so we had the most inventory in larger sizes.”The remaining coats are being brought to the Knights of Columbus chapter in Leadville.In its inaugural year, event organizers said the Coats for Kids drive was a success with over 45 families in attendance, 130 jackets given away and numerous volunteers from the Knights of Columbus and FIRC helping with event organization.”We are very happy with the turnout for the first year of this event,” Kramer said. “There is an obvious need here in Summit County and without the help of our partners, volunteers and the generosity of numerous donors, we wouldn’t have been able to do this.”Donors included Hudson Auto, Bank of the West, City Market, Krystal 93, Breckenridge Grand Vacations, Breckenridge Building Center, the Elks Lodge and various churches in the county.With funding from the Knights of Columbus, the organization stocked the coat drive inventory with over 300 jackets.