Hamilton County Kids Coats now has 6 partner churches along with our founder Carmel United Methodist Church. On the first two Saturdays in November, we give out the winter coats and winterwear in Carmel, Fishers, Sheridan, Arcadia, Noblesville, and Westfield starting in 2018! Merciful HELP Center as well as the continued support of the Good Samaritan Network. Together, we work year round to better meet the winter wear needs of families in our county. In July and August we attend Back-to-School events around the county to give out the lightweight jackets that we receive in donations.
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Three women from Carmel United Methodist Church (CUMC) started Hamilton County Kids Coats in 2004. That year, all the volunteers and coat donations were from church members and the entire event was funded by the CUMC United Methodist Women and the Good Samaritan Network. With coat racks borrowed from the Salvation Army, we served just over 400 people. We have grown every year since then! In 2016, gave out new and gently-used coats and winter wear to 1,802 children and their families and 1,553 lightweight jackets to kids heading back-to-school. We are now a year-round coat ministry with partners all over the county.
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You can make a positive, life-affirming difference in the lives of others by reaching out to lend a helping hand! Find out how EASY it is to COLLECT DONATIONS of hats, gloves, mittens, boots, scarves, snow pants, and coats for the 2017 Kids Coats event. We collect donations all over Hamilton County at schools, churches, libraries, and businesses. Last year, our community collected 9,930 coats and lightweight jackets and every one was given to a child or parent who needed it. Let's do it again this year!
You can also make a difference in helping communicate Coat Appointment Signups to families in your community. You can PRINT FLYERS and hand them out in your community in the Fall by putting up flyers in: apartment laundry rooms, employee announcement boards at restaurants. Or you can link our website or FB page to online community websites.
This year, more than 500 families made appointments and over 1500 people got coats on November 4 & 11. But we don't stop in November! We continue to help families stay warm through the end of winter. BE A VOLUNTEER at our outreach at the Merciful HELP Center from now until February 13, 2018 or help us sort donations on Mondays starting January 8, 2018. We can use your help!
For more information or to talk with a real person, call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 317-324-8818