We’ve talked about the work that goes into preparing the coats by Tuchman Cleaners – collecting, cleaning and delivering. But today starts a five-day marathon of unloading, sorting, and hanging by another part of the Coats for Kids team. Volunteers began reporting for duty at the Indiana State Fairgrounds this morning and won’t stop until all the coats are ready for distribution. Distribution day is this Saturday, October 29 from 8am – 6pm at the fairgrounds in the Agriculture Building.
For several years, students from Christ the King school have spent almost a whole day at the fairgrounds during set-up week. They always seem to be having a good time, making light of the enormous task of preparing thousands of coats. Other volunteers, individuals and groups, return year after year along with some new ones – all with the same goal of making sure that Saturday’s event is ready for the kids.
The Salvation Army’s new volunteer coordinator, Brian Smith, has done a fabulous job of recruiting and organizing volunteers to cover the various shifts throughout the week. It really is a fun time but most of all, everyone enjoys seeing the fruit of their labor in the smiling kids’ faces on the day they receive their coats. This is just one exciting opportunity among many that you can partner with the Army to help those in need. If you’d like to hear more about how you can volunteer with The Salvation Army, please call Brian Smith at (317)224-1010.