The Kiwanis Club of Kingsport has been providing new coats and shoes to Kingsport area students for almost 50 years. This year, the primary need was for coats. Kiwanians provided 290 coats for students in eight Kingsport elementary schools.
Early in the school year, teachers identified students in the greatest need of new coats and obtained parental permission for those students to receive the coats. The Kiwanis Club determined the style of coats to be offered and purchased a range of sizes for fitting purposes. Kiwanis teams visited each school and helped the students try on the coats to determine the needed sizes.
The order was placed through the Fort Henry Drive Walmart, the club’s supply partner for several years. Susan Herron, who coordinated the project for Kiwanis, said, “The department managers worked very hard to complete the order when some of the needed sizes were out of stock. Cold weather was on its way, and the students needed these warm coats.”
The new coats were delivered just before Thanksgiving.
“The children were so excited to receive the warm coats for winter. There were lots of grateful students that day,” said Amy Duncan, who facilitated the project at Washington Elementary School.
The funds used to purchase these coats came from the annual Kiwanis Golf Tournament. It was through the support of many area businesses and local golfers that the Kiwanis Club was able to provide the coats. The club thanks the sponsors and those who participated in the tournament for their role in providing coats for these students.
For information about the Kiwanis Club of Kingsport, visit www.kingsportkiwanis.org.comments powered by Disqus