The Journal Gazette
Saturday, January 18, 2020 1:00 am


Many showed generosity in Coats for Kids campaign

Here's a shout-out of appreciation to our generous community for your support of Coats for Kids! Because of your giving spirit, 6,327 children at over 125 local schools and social services agencies now have a warm winter coat! That's over 66,300 winter coats distributed in 20 years of Coats for Kids!

Special Coats for Kids Super Kudos go out to:

• Peerless Cleaners for the dry cleaning and processing of all coats donated to the campaign.

• Community Harvest Food Bank for the donation of warehouse space for sorting the coats.

• Kroger, YMCA, Parkview Ortho Hospital, Vera Bradley, Belmont Beverage, Cap 'n Cork, McMahon Tire, Valid, Biggby Coffee on Dupont Road and Salsa Grille for serving as collection locations.

• Wells Fargo Bank, Guaranteed Rate, Dr. Bojrab at Pain Management Associates, Three Kings Flooring, Fort Wayne Bourbon Society, St. Joseph and Lutheran hospitals and the Thornton family for their financial support of Coats for Kids.

• Berne Apparel for their donation of over 2,500 winter coats.

• Fort Wayne Fire Department, YMCA and Volunteer Center volunteer teams who delivered all 6,327 coats to local schools and social services agencies.

• Adams Radio Group, Fort Wayne's NBC, Rebel Media and the Fort Wayne media for their help in spreading the Coats for Kids message.

• Greg Thomas at Guaranteed Rate for mobilizing the Realtor community in support of Coats for Kids.

• St Vincent DePaul Thrift Store and Two Men and a Truck for transporting all coats to the warehouse location.

• The Chapel and Fed Ex Ground in New Haven, which are currently collecting coats for the campaign.

• Community volunteers who knitted or crocheted hats and scarves and packed thousands of coats so no child would be cold this winter.

• Corporate, individual and family donors who opened their hearts to our cause and donated coats or financial support to help children in our community.

• Teachers and case managers who tirelessly work to help the children they serve.

• The Volunteer Center staff, board of directors and volunteers for their commitment and hard work to make this program a success.

Your generosity will never be forgotten!

Ana Etter

executive director, Volunteer Center

CHEERS to the kind lady with the giving spirit at Bob Evans on Dupont Road. On Jan. 2, I was told that my lunch had already been paid for by a woman who was passing a kindness forward.

I also will pass it on. It seems it is not only a great place to eat, but nice folks go there.



CHEERS to the residents of Fort Wayne, my adopted home, who constantly wow me with their kindness and generosity.

The other night I accidentally killed the battery in my car while putting a package together at the downtown post office. It was late. My husband was home with sleeping children. Fortunately, a kind stranger helped me get my car rolling enough to pop the clutch. Cheers and thank you to this gentleman.

Ruth Koontz

Fort Wayne

CHEERS to the person, or people, who pledged $627 to my electric bill. The person who owns this apartment house decided that they were not going to pay for our heat anymore. They removed the heating system and replaced it with electric baseboards.

My electric bill in the winter has gone from $50 a month to $400 a month. I am trying to live on Social Security, which is less than $800 a month, and with the cost of my rent being 64% of my Social Security.

Gary Helmke

Fort Wayne

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