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Salvation Army seeks Coats for Kids

The Salvation Army’s Coats for Kids campaign is underway. The public is invited to stop in area businesses, pull a tag from a Coats for Kids display, buy a coat for the child on the tag, and return it to the business by Oct. 21. Pictured is the display atFoxy Cuts/Saved by Grace boutique, 418 Central Ave.

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com

The Salvation Army Coats for Kids Campaign 2019 has begun and there are some changes being made this year.

This year, Salvation Army is accepting only new coats with store tags on them. The Fayette County Salvation Army serves Fayette, Franklin and Union counties.

“We asked the schools and several child services agencies ... to refer children to us who would be in need of a winter coat,” Tara Henry, a community advisory board member, said.

Using information from the referrals, Salvation Army creates a tag for each child using a code number rather than the child’s name, along with the child’s age, gender, coat size, favorite color and other information. People who want to participate can pick up a tag (or tags) and buy a coat for the child on that tag.

Salvation Army has created several displays for the tags and placed them around in variouis locations in Fayette, Franklin and Union counties.

“We are asking people to take a tag, purchase a coat to match the info on the tag, put the coat and the tag in a bag, and then return the coat to the place where they picked up the tag.”

The tags are shaped like pumpkins, and the displays say, “Welcome to the Salvation Army Pumpkin Patch … pick a pumpkin from the patch and then use the info to purchase a coat to match. Feel the blessings of doing your part by warming a child and warming a heart!”

Some of the displays are just on poster/display boards, and others are craft bales of straw.

Tags can be found on displays at Foxy Cuts/Saved by Grace boutique, 418 Central Ave.; Jump in Style/Blessed Threads Boutique, 120 Harrison Ave., Brookville; Reid HealthWorks, 3542 Western Ave., Connersville; and at several local churches. Tags can also be obtained by calling or texting 765-993-1138 or by emailing fitfarmgirl@yahoo.com

Deadline for returning coats is Oct. 21.

After Oct. 21, the coats will be sorted and prepared for delivery to each school and/or children’s service agency. Coats will be distributed beginning Oct. 28.

“The Salvation Army is excited about this opportunity to partner with the schools and child service agencies to be able to provide new coats for children in need,” Henry said. “The Salvation Army is so appreciative of all those who have helped make this project a success.”

There are still tags available so SA is encouraging people to get their friends, co-workers and neighbors together and purchase a coat for a child in need.

“We are also accepting monetary donations to use to purchase any coats that are not otherwise purchased by those in the community,” Henry said

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army, with Fayette Coats for Kids on the memo line. Checks can be dropped off at the Salvation Army, 431 W. Western Ave. Pick up can be arranged by calling or texting 765-993-1138 or emailing fitfarmgirl@yahoo.com

“The Salvation Army Advisory Council would like to thank all those who have helped make this Coats for Kids campaign a success. We have so thankful for all the generous people, organizations, and businesses in the counties we serve. They are amazing!

“We are hoping that this campaign will give co-workers, friends, Boy/Girl Scout troops, neighbors, businesses, service clubs, etc., an opportunity to work together to warm a child and warm a heart. I mean, if you have a group of five or six and everyone pitches in five to ten dollars, a child’s heart can be warmed with a new coat. This is a great opportunity for people to work together to make a positive impact in their community.”