Coats for Kids campaign could top 500,000 total coats donated

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Coats for Kids could reach new heights thanks to your generosity.

The event, sponsored by WDTN & the Dayton CW, is now in its 33rd year of existence. Coats for Kids has donated more than 492,000 coats to less fortunate families in the Miami Valley.

This year, the number could top 500,000.

David Bohardt, Executive Director of St. Vincent DePaul in Dayton, says the need has hit an all-time high.

“Wait until December or January,” Bohardt said. “Go down by the RTA bus stop or locations downtown and watch children and adults who are walking in 20 or 30 degree weather without the benefit of a coat.

“That’s really when the need really has an impact on you and that’s why this event is so important.”

Bohardt says they’ve seen an uptick in children coming into the shelter over the past month.

“In 8 days in September we had more than 100 children in our shelter and I can tell you almost each and every one of them needed a winter coat,” Bohardt said.

Event Details:

  • Begins at 9 a.m.
  • Located at Community Store at St. Vincent DePaul–945 Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Dayton, OH
  • Located in the same parking lot as the job center
  • Park in the lot for the job center
  • Proof of need required
  • Coats will be handed out until they run out

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