County Executive Leopold Launches "Coats for Kids" Campaign
Fire Stations will be collection points
Annapolis (September 25, 2008) - County Executive John R. Leopold announced today that County fire stations will serve as collection points for a clothing drive called "Coats for Kids."
Citizens are encouraged to donate gently-used clean winter coats, mittens, scarves and hats to any fire station, where they will be collected and distributed to children in need. The program is a partnership between the Anne Arundel County Fire Department and the Department of Social Services.
"I am proud to be able to make this announcement," County Executive Leopold said. "I am steadfastly committed to programs that take advantage of the giving spirit of our community to help disadvantaged youth obtain the items they need, particularly as we move into the winter season. This is an outstanding program and I ask each member of the County to search their closets for a coat that will help keep a child warm this winter."
The program will start immediately and continue through October 14. Donors are encouraged to locate gently used winter coats, have them cleaned, and then drop them off at any County fire station. The goal is to collect at least 400 coats for children of all ages in need in the County.
"Many times children outgrow their winter coats before the coat is worn," Fire Chief David L. Stokes said. "My hope is that parents will consider donating the coats rather than allowing them to simply take up space in an attic or closet."
"We genuinely want to do everything we can as a partner in our communities," said Social Services Director Marcia Kennai.
A special event will be held on Monday, October 20, 2008 to distribute the collected items.