Brisk temperatures this week have sent folks to their closets, in search of coats, hats and gloves. But for thousands of Indy’s children, the winter season could mean being left out in the cold. Many of us can’t imagine what it’s like to go without any warm protective clothing. It is a harsh reality for the estimated 5,000 plus kids who will show up at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 10 to receive coats, hats, gloves and scarves from WTHR and Bob Gregory’s Coats for Kids.

The Salvation Army has teamed up with the Coats for Kids campaign to provide this basic necessity to our area’s youth heading into this tough time of year. Army volunteers have been busy daily at the Northwest Pavillion in the fairgrounds, where Tuchman Cleaners has been making deliveries of the freshly laundered items. Joining in on the work of sorting and hanging have been the hands of several school groups and individuals. It’s a great lesson for the students, to learn to appreciate the needs of others, as well as being a part of such a rewarding experience.

Due to the increasing number of families in need, attendance at this year’s Coats for Kids event is expected to be much higher than last year. What a shame it would be to have to turn away any children for lack of coats. You can continue to bring new coats to us through Friday, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds or The Salvation Army office on North Meridian. Let’s work together to keep Indy’s kids warm this winter!