Heart to God, Hand to Man – it’s part of the credo of The Salvation Army and not just for adults. Kids can also give back to their communities and make a difference – even for other kids. Several groups of school-aged children have come out to the fairgrounds this week to share in the work of preparing for Saturday’s Coats for Kids distribution. Christ the King Catholic School sent their 8th graders again this year for this service project. Ben Davis High School brought a group of 25 students, grades 10-12. Brownie Troop #2660 came also halfway through the week – all to face thousands of coats to be organized.
Some coats were in storage containers, ready to be unloaded. Others were on tables waiting to be sorted by size/gender. And then there was the 1,200 boxes of new coats stacked in the midway. No matter the age, school or enormity of the tasks assigned – all the kids agreed that it is fun to help others. Some of the students, unable to be present during distribution, have requested a video recap of the day so that they can see the kids’ smiling faces as they receive the coats – “to see the fruits of their labor,” as one student put it.
Coats for Kids could not be successful, year after year, without help from volunteers – both individuals and groups. We appreciate their sacrifice of time and energy to make sure that thousands of kids can come to the event and leave happy with a coat that they’ve chosen. Thanks to our generous supporters, this year’s selection will ensure that every child who comes in need of will receive a gift of warmth.
This year’s Coats for Kids distribution will be on Saturday, October 29 – 8am to 4pm at the Ag/Hort Bldg. of the Indiana State Fairgrounds.