An annual coat drive, spanning practically 2 a long time, continues to make a distinction in Brooke County.
“It’s one thing that you would be able to’t think about as a result of we take it as a right that we go into our closet and pick a heat coat,” coat drive co-chairman Paul Billiard mentioned. “These children placed on a coat and ask if it’s theirs to maintain.”
It’s a life-changing challenge.
“I positively get to see how a lot our neighborhood is struggling,” Lions Membership member Robert Morris mentioned.
They distributed 75 coats their first yr.
“This yr we’re going to distribute 620 coats to the youngsters in Brooke County Faculties,” Billiard mentioned.
The coat trigger is exploding, filling an previous automotive dealership with model new clothes for these children to maintain heat.
So how is it performed?
“I’ll begin fundraising in January and take donations,” Billiard mentioned. “We nonetheless want donations, and in February, we’ve an evening on the races, which is a big portion of what we purchase.”
They’ll decide up every part from hats, to gloves, and naturally, the proper jacket, from child sizes to 12th grade seniors, largely from Boscov’s in St. Clairsville.
“We are going to spend someplace within the neighborhood of $16,00zero this yr all new coats to the youngsters new gloves and hats to every child,” Billiard mentioned.
“That is simply a superb strategy to really present how the individuals in our space care and might come collectively to assist out these individuals,” Morris mentioned.
The reply to why they do it’s easy.
“How do you slight all the youngsters that want one thing?” Billiard requested.
They coats shall be distributed starting Friday.