Coats for Kids 2018 was a huge success. We served over 700 families here in the North County, at the distributions in Atascadero and Paso Robles. Using the number five as an average number of people in a family, we served over 3500 individuals, with a warm coat, jacket, sweater or sweatshirt. That’s a huge number and we are grateful for all of the good, gently used and new donations we received this year.
Thanks to Plaza Cleaners in Atascadero and Paso Robles, Fashion Cleaners in Atascadero, and Paso Robles Cleaners and Laundry in Paso Robles, we were able to know that our gently-used items were clean. The cleaners take care of cleaning free of charge, every year. Be sure to give them a thumbs up when you are in their shops.
Jeanne and Carl Robbins were the awesome duo from Atascadero Loaves and Fishes who organized the event in Atascadero, securing the Armory and scheduling the days for the rest of us to set up. Dr. Sage Hider coordinated the Toy area for the Kiwanis Club where they offer age-appropriate toys and gifts for the children. The Salvation Army staff organized their area to hand out vouchers for hams and turkeys.
This huge community effort would not have happened without our volunteers—I can’t say enough on their behalf---they are the best!
In Paso Robles the Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles, under the leadership of Maribeth Bonomi and Bill Pluma, secured the Frontier Building at the Paso Robles Event Center and scheduled our set up and distribution days. Coats for Kids partnered with them and with the Salvation Army.
Again, our volunteers were amazing. Groups like the must! charities Youth Board have been volunteering for several years. Even whole families came to help and experience a sense of “community service and spirit.”
According to must! charities Executive Director, Becky Gray, the Youth Board teens collect lost and found items all year at the schools in Templeton. They sort through the coats, jackets, sweaters and sweatshirts and deliver them to the participating cleaners.
I am making the Youth Board my “Community Heroes” for this week! Thank you, guys! You are our future leaders and I appreciate what you are doing for Coats for Kids!
I also send kudos to Ali Bowman, Kent Kenney, Doug Butz, Michele Butz, Madison Butz, Dave Butz, Dan Butz, Morgan Butz and Virginia Martinesz, who “stepped up to the plate” on the distribution day in Paso Robles, to keep Coats for Kids running smoothly when John and I had an emergency and could not be there. There were many others who helped and I appreciate that.
I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. I hope you will be with your friends and families, celebrating the true meaning of this day.