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Coats For Kids kicks off 18th year

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Coats for Kids kicked off for the 18th annual winter apparel drive.

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017 8:22 AM
Updated: Nov. 9, 2017 10:27 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Coats for Kids kicked off for the 18th annual winter apparel drive.

Over 55,000 coats have been distributed to kids over the last 18 years. The Volunteer Center of Fort Wayne sponsors the event, and the coats are distributed to schools by Fort Wayne firefighters.

"We have wonderful partners, and it's just fun to see the firefighters have fun and do something that they enjoy, too," said Jean Joley, executive director of the Volunteer Center.

Fort Wayne firefighters said it's an amazing feeling to give something to the kids in need.

"Any time you get something new it's exciting for a kid, but to know they're getting something new that keeps them warm, and keeps them safe over the winter, you can't replace that feeling. There's no substitute for it," said Eric Lahey of the Fort Wayne Fire Department.

Sizes that are most needed are boys and girls sizes 8 to adult sizes.

Donations will be accepted until December 3rd, and can be dropped off at:

Kroger locations
Peerless Cleaners
Penn Station
Adams Radio Group

You can also make an online donation here.