Give A Kid A Coat campaign underway

Oct. 10, 2013 @ 05:26 PM

A local organization is depending on the goodness of residents’ hearts to provide warmth to those in need this winter.
Give A Kid A Coat, an annual program that solicits coat donations from area residents to donate to needy children and adults throughout the Piedmont area, kicks off its 27th campaign Friday from 5 to 10 a.m.
The kickoff will be held at the A Cleaner World, 2527 Eastchester Drive. Both FOX 8 WGHP and 1075 KZL will broadcast live during the kickoff.
Hardee’s and Chick-fil-A will provide breakfast to those who donate coats, while The Salvation Army will be there serving hot chocolate and coffee.
“Small children’s coats are always in short supply each year,” said Chris Edwards, president of A Cleaner World. “The Salvation Army can use coats of all sizes.”
This year, organizers are issuing a challenge to area elementary and middle schools. Between Friday and Oct. 25, elementary and middle schools should encourage parents and students to check their closets for coats to donate. Those wishing to participate must drop off coats at A Cleaner World, and the donor should indicate which school should get the credit.
The store will keep track of the points, and one point will be credited per coat, up to 10 points per family.
Points will be tallied on Oct. 28, and winners will be announced on Oct. 29. Prizes will be made payable to the winning school’s PTA and include $500 for first place and $250 for second place in each division.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the 2013 Give A KId A Coat campaign may do so by dropping off a coat at any A Cleaner World location through Nov. 16. Coats will be cleaned and repaired free of charge, then given to The Salvation Army for distribution.
For additional information, call Dianne Black at (336) 841-4188.