The Coats for Kids campaign donates winter clothes to children in need
To donate to the Coats for Kids program, send your tax-deductible donations payable to: Knights of Columbus, P.O. Box 3673, Dillon, CO 80435.
Call (970) 468-6566 for info.
This year marks the fourth year that the Summit County Knights of Columbus will be holding the Coats for Kids campaign. Last year, more than 600 items of new winter gear were given to children in need in both Summit and Grand counties. This year, the campaign is looking to grow by including Lake County.
Mike Kramer, who has been involved in this campaign since the beginning, is looking forward to what they can accomplish this year.
“We hope to keep it up at this level and fine tune it as we go,” he said.
For those who aren’t familiar with this campaign, it’s fairly simple. The Knights of Columbus, Mike Kramer and the community band together to offer kids new winter clothing. Last year, clothing was dispersed at nine schools. Kramer said “the whole concept is we have to raise enough money to purchase new winter clothing items for the children.”
People of the community have contributed annually, which has helped the campaign grow and be able to reach out to Lake County.
“We canvassed the churches, Krystal 93 and the schools and any outreach programs we can think of,” he said. The biggest problem this campaign faces is having enough people donate, but he doesn’t see it as a huge issue. “This program has grown in three years, and people really like to support it.”
The new coats will be dispersed sometime in early November, and he is looking forward to it.
“We have a lot of fun the days we make the deliveries to the schools,” Kramer said.
And, who wouldn’t love watching kids glow with happiness as they get to choose their new favorite winter coat? Until then, he and the Knights of Columbus will be campaigning and getting the word out there that donations are really what moves this program forward. He worked directly with 17 preschool teachers last year, and people may not realize how big this program really is. Although he doesn’t see it as expanding as much as trying to perfect the program, he believes in this program.
“It’s a wonderful, wonderful thing,” he said.
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