FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- During this coronavirus pandemic, even some basic needs are going unmet.
Executive Director of the Volunteer Center Ani Etter says she’s got big plans for the 21st annual coat drive, but she’ll need your help to accomplish them.
Etter says, “I always tell people that we cannot solve all family’s problems but we can solve this one.”
Etter says no matter how hard life gets, kids, should always have a coat to put on.
Etter adds, “There are some people that are hurting even more. Those people have to decide between putting food on the table, paying rent, or giving their child a coat.”
Volunteer, Mary Ann Baker says although Fort Wayne is having beautiful weather today, it won’t always be like this.
Baker says, “It’s just so important. There’s a lot of kids out there that don’t have coats and of course, we’re already into the cold season and it’s only going to get worse.”
Etter says if a person were to sacrifice their daily Starbucks trip, they could keep a child warm through the winter months.
She says, “For $25 would provide a brand new coat, gloves, hat, and scarf for children in need.”
While going around the facility, the coats that needed the most were for small children ages five to 10.
Baker says even if you don’t feel comfortable volunteering due, to COVID-19 concerns, even a dollar could be used to help keep a child warm this winter.
Baker says, “They can buy some on Amazon and have them shipped to the volunteer center. They can send in monetary donations. They can come down here and volunteer to take the coats to the kids. There is a lot of ways you can help the community.”
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