With a few dollars in last minute donations to spend for Coats for Kids, we called our friends at Walmart to see which store had the most coats available in stock. With $1,000 to spend, we knew we’d find good coats for great prices. Well, we can always count on Walmart to go above and beyond with their support for The Salvation Army. After hosting our shoppers and helping us with our purchases, Walmart donated $5,000 in coats to Indy’s kids in need! We just can’t thank Walmart enough for helping us help families who are struggling.  

This year’s Bob Gregory’s Coats For Kids was easily the largest distribution day to date with the line to enter at the Northwest Pavilion stretching for blocks around the Indiana State Fairgrounds. This annual partnership with Tuchman Cleaners and WTHR-13 distributed coats to more than 5,000 area children on Saturday. (Check out the video on the right)

We’d also like to thank our event partners, Two Men And A Truck, the Indianapolis Colts, Store And Move, Burlington Coat Factory, and the hundreds of volunteers who make this event happen.  It truly takes a community’s efforts to reach out to so many in need. “No one group could pull off something like this,” said WTHR retired weatherman Bob Gregory.  “This is a team effort dedicated to helping those who need it most.”  Bob has been a part of every coats campaign since it’s beginning 23 years ago.  “I’ve never seen a crowd like this,” he said.  “But I’ve also never seen a community respond like this before.” 

If you didn’t get the opportunity to help with Coats for Kids, remember Angel Tree and Toy Shop begin next month. Last year, we helped over 900 Hoosier families with Christmas gifts, and we’re certain to have even more requests from parents experiencing recent lay-offs and job losses. Stay tuned for details of how your group or business can help Christmas wishes come true for Indy’s kids this December.