For the third year, the Rotary Club of Front Royal and the Warren County Department of Social Services will be teaming up for the Coats for Kids campaign.
The campaign provides coats for school children in need. Warren County Administrator Doug Stanley said that Coats for Kids has provided over 250 coats over the last two years and the preliminary target for the program this year is to provide between 150 and 175 coats for the 2019 holiday season.
“Working with the Warren County Department of Social Services, we hope to be able to ensure that any child that needs a coat this winter will get one,” he said.
“Partnering with the Rotary Club of Front Royal provides an excellent opportunity to help children in Warren County with a basic necessity,” said Social Services Director DeAnna Cheatham. “Often people want to help their fellow community members but may be reluctant or uncertain of how they can best do that and be certain of where their donations are going. This program helps to address a real community need that faces some of our most vulnerable citizens and their families.”
Donations for the program can be dropped off at the Warren County Administration Office at the Warren County Government Center and the Department of Social Services at the Health and Human Services Complex. There will also be various donation boxes in the community at businesses such as United Bank, Royal Family Bowling Center, Royal Oak Animal Clinic, Southern States, Daily Grind, Mom’s Kitchen, Anthony’s, and the Apple House.
The 2018 Coats for Kids campaign gave 143 coats to kids in the area who are in need. The number was up from the 134 coats provided in 2017. In 2017, the Coats for Kids program was integrated into the Rotary Club’s existing Doc Smith Christmas Basket Program, which provides basic food staples for families in the community during the holiday season. The Rotary Club distributed 120 boxes of food to local families during the 2018 holiday season.
Stanley said that the Rotary Club has also established a permanent fund through the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley to collect donations for the effort.
“We are excited to have been able to establish the permanent fund with the Community Foundation to support this effort,” he said.
Information on the fund can be found at https://cfnsv.org/funds/coats-for-kids-front-royal-warren-county-fund.