For the seventh year, Keystone Coats for Kids is starting its winter coat drive. The first drive was in 2015 for the Keystone School District. The response from the community and even people from out of the area has been so overwhelming that I have been able to reach out to all school districts in Clarion County.
In the past six years, coats have also been given to ACV FIRST Program, Keystone SMILES, Clarion County Promise, Head Start Programs, Clarion County Children and Youth Services, local daycares, Next Step Therapy, SAFE, Knox Caring Cupboard, and Clarion Psychiatric Center. All were very appreciative of the coats along with some hand-knitted caps and boots. To date, 2,713 coats have been distributed.
All coats are purchased thru Operation Warm.org. Operation Warm was started by Dick Sanford in the winter of 1998 after he drove past a group of children without coats huddled together at a bus stop in Kennett Square, PA. The sight of the children led Sanford to a local store where he purchased 58 coats that were given directly to the children in need.
All the coats are fleece lined and have a fleece-lined hood. The cost of each coat is $20.00, but no donation is too small. This year Operation Warm has washable tennis shoes that are $15.00 a pair. If enough money is raised we would like to purchase shoes also.
Donations can be made payable to Keystone Coats for Kids and either mailed to or dropped off at Farmers National Bank, P.O. Box 665, Knox, PA 16232 or dropped off at Knox Auto Supply in Knox or New Bethlehem. The donation deadline is October 10th.
For information, you may contact Glenda Raybuck at 814-797-1207 ext. 4
Thank you all for your support.