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Kiwanis to distribute ‘coats for kids’

Kiwanis members Drew Henderson, left, and Jamie Travis organize donated coats in a storage shed at Hometown Insurance. The Kiwanis will be hosting their annual "coats for kids" giveaway 5 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 400 N. Elm St., in Creston.
Kiwanis members Drew Henderson, left, and Jamie Travis organize donated coats in a storage shed at Hometown Insurance. The Kiwanis will be hosting their annual "coats for kids" giveaway 5 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 400 N. Elm St., in Creston.

For nearly two decades, the Kiwanis has sponsored its annual “coats for kids” giveaway.

“The mission for Kiwanis International is to help kids, to make sure kids in our community are taken care of,” said Jamie Travis, Kiwanis member.

Travis said it’s been difficult to source coats in good condition, so local chapter members decided to use funds raised from its annual fundraisers such as their pancake feeds and pork chop dinners to purchase new coats as they go on sale in the spring.

This year, Travis anticipates the Kiwanis will distribute 200 coats, and the club is still accepting monetary donations or newly purchased coats, which can be delivered to Travis at Hometown Insurance.

“Every year, for the most part, we run out of coats. It’s hard to guess what size we need each year, but we always get rid of the little kids coats,” said Travis. “We have quite a bit of need for older children, too, teenagers and young teenagers. There’s always a need, and we are happy to help.”

To recieve a coat, Travis said children are required to be present and encouraged people to arrive early as the coats go fast.

“The coats are usually gone after an hour,” said Travis.

The Kiwanis “coats for kids” giveaway will be held 5 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 400 N. Elm St., in Creston.

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