We all know how cold Cleveland winters can be and that is why Coats For Kids has been helping to keep kids warm for almost 40 years.
But on Feb. 3, 2019, the building that housed their warehouse burned. Everything was lost.
“We didn’t even have a pencil to write with,” said Operations Manager Loretta Arnold.
But like a phoenix rising from the ashes, as word got out, support poured in. They have a new warehouse now, although it’s mostly empty.
Executive Director Debbie Martinko said, “I don’t think it ever was a question of we’re not going to move forward. The concept of starting over–pretty overwhelming. We had a lot of things that we’d accumulated over the years and when you think about replacing all that where do you even start.”
They are starting with the basics. Of course, new and gently worn coats, of all sizes from infant to adult are needed. Then, there are everyday items:
30-gallon trash bags
42-gallon heavy duty trash bags
Sharpie markers, (black, fine point and magnum)
2” packing tape dispensers and tape rolls (hand-held, refillable)
Speedway gas cards
Gift Cards (Discount Drug Mart, Walmart/Sam’s Club)
Disposable rubber gloves, sizes S, M, L, XL
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