MEDFORD, Ore. – The Annual Coats For Kids Drive is in full effect, working to help needy children in Southern Oregon. These coats don’t donate themselves and they don’t sort themselves either. To help kids this winter, it takes people dedicating their time and effort to make it happen.
Before the coats go around the shoulders of kids in need, they’re cared for by the hands of countless volunteers. Windemere Real Estate has been helping the Coats For Kids Drive since 2004. Agents from offices across Southern Oregon have been pitching in, putting in their extra time to make sure the entire process runs smooth and efficient. Once the coats are in and sorted, the Windemere volunteers will find out which coats need to go where.
“We have requests from the schools as to what they need, and we bundle up the orders for the schools, and then we also deliver to the schools,” said Terri Stefanson of Windermere Real Estate.
Its not just schools. Kids Unlimited will be helping to guide the donated coats toward needy children and their families and they’re thankful for the support of those numerous volunteers.
“You can really see a difference when kids come from some tough backgrounds during the winter seasons when they don’t have adequate dress, and certainly coats are a huge part of that,” Tom Cole, with Kids Unlimited. “You really see a lot of folks from diverse backgrounds who pull together when there are community needs like this. Obviously, the campaign for coats has been huge, it’s been successful over the years, and we’re excited to be a part of it this year.”
There are dozens of locations across Southern Oregon where you can drop off a donated coat. Click here for more information.