Hamilton County Churches Partner with Kids Coats Inc.

St. Louis de Montfort Keeping Kids Warm in Winter

taken from SLDM August 2019 parish newsletter

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One of the many charities that St. Louis de Montfort has partnered with these last 5 years is called Kids Coats Inc.  This non-profit originally started in 2004 as a mission of Carmel United Methodist Church. Kids Coats was created to provide warm winter coats to Hamilton County children and their families. Kids Coats, which served just 200 people in 2004, served over 3,000 children and their families last year.  The charity partners with local communities to provide coats and winter wear for families, while connecting those families to community resources, prayer opportunities and churches near where they live. Here at St. Louis de Montfort our parish helped 270 people and there are currently more than 348 signed up for this year, so let’s collect some coats for these families! 

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The partner churches host the giveaways by transforming their space into a large shopping facility, with racks of coats and winter wear in every room, ranging from sizes infant to adult. Families sign up for appointments online at the kidscoats.org website prior to the giveaway date so they don’t have to wait in long lines. When families arrive, they are escorted by volunteers from room to room, choosing a coat and other winter wear (hats, gloves, mittens, boots, snow pants and scarves). Once they have shopped, families are encouraged to visit the Prayer Garden as well as the Opportunity Village. It is here where community resources such as Good Samaritan Network, Gentle Dentist and Salvation Army are available to answer questions, sign families up for other services and provide necessary items. Kids Coats also continues to serve families throughout the winter months at the Merciful HELP Center on Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s campus.


This year’s giveaways will be held on November 2nd & November 9th

Please go to kidscoats.org for locations and times

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HOW CAN YOU HELP?

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  • Look for coat collections through the Hamilton County school districts, Hamilton County Classic Cleaners, and churches in October and donate clean, gently used or new coats and winter wear.

  • Give a monetary donation on the kidscoats.org website (click on the DONATE tab), this helps to defray the cost of warehousing, cleaning, repairing and distributing the coats and winter wear county-wide.

  • Ask your company if they would like to sponsor or make a Donation to Kids Coats, Inc. This can also be done on the website.

  • Sign up to volunteer at any of the Giveaways https://kidscoats.org/volunteer -- Help is needed with any of the following: Unload truck, Set up,  Family Guide shifts, Coat room stockers, Tear down shifts

  • Sign up to Volunteer at the Warehouse or Merciful HELP Center

  • If you know of anyone in need, please direct them to the Coat appointment signups on https://kidscoats.org/appointments  -- If they miss the sign ups, they can still come to any giveaway as a Walk-in. 

You can also Print flyers from the website to post in your offices, apartment buildings, restaurants, subdivision newsletters, etc. OR link the website or Facebook page to online community websites.

More information about Kids Coats can be found on the website including frequently asked questions. For more information about Kids Coats Giveaways, please email: info@kidscoats.org or call 317-324-8818.

In addition, Kids Coats Inc. NEEDS YOU! They are looking for candidates with a passion for keeping people warm in winter and who would like to be considered for the Board of Directors starting January 1, 2020. Board members serve a 3 -year term, attend bimonthly board meetings, support the mission, and to work on one of the committees that meet monthly. The current committees include: Finance, Marketing, Fundraising, and, Logistics (Logistics Subcommittees are: Warehouse, IT, and Operations). If you would like to be considered for a board position, or if you want more information about Kids Coats Inc., please contact Stephanie Fairfield at 317.627.7297 or email Stephanie@kidscoats.org.

taken from SLDM August 2019 parish newsletter