NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - A group of churches and businesses in Newport are working to provide a coat to each student in need.
"Koatz for Kidz" is a project that began eight years ago and is still a success, according to those involved.
The project begins each November.
As the weather changes, local organizations begin collecting gently-used coats, scarves, hats, and gloves.
Right now, the group is collecting items of all sizes, genders, styles and ages.
The items will be distributed to students of Newport schools and others in need in the community.
The distribution will be Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. until noon in the Newport High School Cafeteria.
They are hoping to collect around 200 to 300 coats.
Helen Bullard who works with project says the need is great in their community,
"There are kids, sadly, that face the winter without the protective winter coverings that they need," said Bullard. "We try to do this before Thanksgiving because it starts getting cold. You would think that possibly with the different avenues of everybody doing things that it's covered, but there's always going to be someone who falls through the cracks."
If anyone would like to donate, they can bring items to the Newport High School Cafeteria on Friday at 3:30 p.m
Area churches--along with Unity Health Care Harris Medical Center, Jackson County Courthouse and ASU-Newport--are all collecting the items.
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