‘Coats For Kids’ Clothing Drive Underway

By Justin Udo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – People from across Philadelphia gave the gift of warmth Sunday as The 6th Annual ‘Coats for Kids’ clothing drive kicked off.

Moments after the doors opened, the giant 4×4 foot bins started filling up.

“We are collecting coats, hats, and gloves — all kinds of sizes, for kids who are needy,” Kathy Rowan said.

Rowan is the president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 Auxiliary. She says what may seem like just a $5 pair of gloves to some means a whole lot to someone else:

“In this economy, it’s very difficult to get the little extra things, so it goes a long way.”

Bernadette Carter is volunteering with the drive. She says it’s hard to describe how participating in an event like this makes her feel:

“It’s an awesome feeling to be able to give kids what they need.”

If you wish to make a donation, you can find collection boxes at various Police districts and at FOP Headquarters.

The drive runs until November 1st.

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