“There's always a need,” says Neil Larrimore, KMBZ program director, “but this year the tough economy has put a huge crimp in lower-income budgets. When we can offer clean coats and jackets for school-age young people before the blustery onset of winter, it's a feat of heart.” Last year, more than 11,000 coats and jackets were collected, cleaned by Arrow and Pride, and distributed by volunteers from Sertoma and the U.S. Army to the Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri, Hickman Mills and the Independence school districts.
Again this year, Arrow will have a large coat collection box in the lobby at 39th and Troost. Arrow's residential route customers are asked to separate, and clearly mark the bag with their donated coats. The Arrow route representative will gather the donated coats along with the customer's regular order. Check your closet for outgrown and unused coats! All sizes are needed. Thank you for helping make “Coats for Kids” a success again this year!