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Community Donates 500 Winter Coats
Community Donates 500 Winter Coats


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Frederick County Public Schools’ community partners have donated nearly 500 coats to help clothe students this winter. 
            The school system’s Family and Community Involvement coordinator Shari Ostrow Scher said, “The Neediest Kids ‘Bridge to Success’ program staff contacted me about new winter coats that the Burlington Coat Factory had to offer children in need. We reached out to all of our contacts at each school and came up with sizes and amounts requested. Thanks to Burlington’s generous donation, about 375 children will not have to worry about the cold. In fact, the coats themselves are not only warm but are very fashionable. This opportunity will make many children so very happy and lift a financial burden from their families.  In addition, thanks to a donation from the Two Guys and a Truck company, there was no delivery cost for all the coats.”  
           Next, the Knights of Columbus Maryland State Council donated an additional 120 new winter coats through the organization’s Help a Child in Need campaign’s Coats for Kids program. The Knights’ Maryland State Deputy Peter Davio, Coats for Kids Chairman Thomas Gruel and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Chapter of Grand Knights President Dan Timmons delivered the coats, many of which were in sizes not donated earlier.  FCPS Department of Student Services’ Homeless Education Program administrator Zoe Carson accepted the coats and coordinated their distribution to students in need. The Knights of Columbus has planned similar distributions across the U.S and Canada this year, including additional distributions of over 600 coats in Maryland’s Allegheny, Baltimore, Garrett and Montgomery Counties.  Altogether, they plan to distribute more than 12,000 coats this winter. Their Coats for Kids program began in 2006 with a nationwide appeal during the Christmas season to help families severely affected by the economic downturn, with children living in colder climates.





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