OHIO VALLEY — Winter is coming.
On those cool mornings, as motorists observe kids waiting on buses, count how many aren’t wearing a coat. It may not be because they don’t want to, but because they simply don’t have one.
The arrival of Halloween and the turning back of the clock all signal the arrival of colder temperatures but many children in the area will face that new season without a winter coat.
For the third year in a row WBYG/WBGS’s “Coats For Kids” program is attempting to fill a tall but important order – namely, supplying children in Mason, Meigs and Gallia counties with winter coats. So far, the “Coats for Kids” organization has received 550 names of children who are in need as submitted by staff at area schools with only the names, gender and sizes of the kids in need.
Shari Cochran of “Coats for Kids,” said the group needs new coats in all sizes, from 4T to XXXL adult. Right now, the biggest need is for new coats for boys in size 10. The group also is thankful for monetary donations, allowing volunteers to go out and purchase the exact sizes and styles needed with Cochran saying she is always looking for bargains to accommodate as many kids as possible. The group likes to give out new coats so every child is treated, and dressed, fairly.
Also accepted are new gloves, scarves and hats to be distributed.
Right now is a critical time of filling orders as volunteers try to beat the onset of truly cold, winter weather. Cochran said the demand for this year’s orders has raised significantly, going from around 300 in 2014 to 550, and counting.
With the help of the Mason County Ministerial Association, The Treasure Cove, and the Gallia County Sheriff’s Department, coats will be delivered to individual schools, again in Mason, Meigs and Gallia counties.
Coats can be dropped off at the Gallia County Courthouse, The Treasure Cove, WYVK in Middleport, or at WBYG/WBGS in Point Pleasant.
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