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Sunday, December 4, 2011

25th Give A Kid A Coat Campaign Wraps Up

Give A Kid A Coat wrapped up its 25th campaign a few days ago after collecting 20,846 coats this year, and over 744,000 coats inception to date. That’s a lot! As someone who has had the privilege of helping with this well-oiled machine, I’d like to say thanks to several groups.

First, a number of years ago Ray Edwards and his wife Sallie came up with the idea of sponsoring a coat drive in the Triad. I’m sure they had no idea at the time what an important role it would play in our community. Twenty-five years later, Chris Edwards still continues the tradition. I think it is important to thank the three of them for their lasting support. They would all shy away from this, pointing out that we should focus on the campaign and the need, not them. But it really couldn’t happen without their support.

I also think it is important to thank both A Cleaner World store managers and their staff. Many of them come in on Sundays to clean coats so that they are ready for The Salvation Army.

Speaking of The Salvation Army, there are so many individuals to thank there. From the truck driver that picks up the coats weekly to the employees and volunteers that help those find just the right coat to the captains and majors juggling lots of balls. The Salvation Army is full of kind-hearted generous people.

We can’t forget the folks at Fox 8 and 1075KZL. What an enthusiastic, talented, and passionate group! Every year they come to the table with new ideas to help make the campaign fresh and exciting.

Finally, thank you to everyone that donated a coat or money to purchase new coats. Obviously if there were no coats, then……

I know I’ve said before that Give A Kid A Coat is a group effort, and it really is. Each part is unique and equally important, and the program wouldn’t work if one piece was missing. Thanks to all the contributions, LOTS of Triad residents have been warm for the last 25 years.

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