Coats for Kids spreads warmth in reality, for community
Friday afternoon offered the end of the first round of giving for the Coats for Kids — Lawton crew when they dropped off 133 sets of coats, hats and gloves off to Lincoln Elementary.
With a cold week ahead forecast, it came at a nick of time.
Although the afternoon was pleasant and mild, it wouldn’t be long before these new acquisitions would be put into use by the grateful kids on the receiving end.
“I feel appreciative,” said Felecia Gunn, a Lincoln fifth grader. “I appreciate the whole school for getting me a new coat.”
Gunn said it couldn’t come at a better time. She said she’s thankful that she doesn’t have to wear her sister’s coat – “It’s too tight.”
Reedy Daly, director of Coats for Kids – Lawton, said that is exactly why the program is so important. Following Friday’s presentation, 562 coats will have been handed out to all of the community’s schools. Over 1,000 more coats were recently donated to the Lawton Food Bank.
Daly said there’s a lot of need in Lawton for this help. He said the United Way of Southwest Oklahoma and the Lawton Board of Realtors are the heart of the machine to make ideas move to motion.
Coats For Kids is a charity first begun by Real Estate Experts that is going on 14 years of helping to provide a coat to all the school age children in Lawton, according to Darlene Anderson, one of its members.