RICHMOND (WRIC)—8News is once again proud to partner with Puritan Cleaners for its annual Coats for Kids drive.
Gently used coats will be accepted at all Puritan Cleaners locations during the month of November, but some local groups are getting a head start.
During Twin Hickory Elementary School's Blazer Blast, students donated coats and learned about giving back to the community.
"This many coats could probly help out almost 100 kids, ‘cause the stack is almost taller than me—a little bit taller than me," said Jude Miller, a fifth grader at the Glen Allen school.
This is the second year that Twin Hickory has taken part in the Coats for Kids drive; the school is using it as a way to build character among its young students.
"This Blazer Blast we were focusing on courage—encouraging kids to show courage by donating one of their coats, so that another child could be warm this winter," said school counselor Lindsay Helquist.
"It would make me feel really good to know that somebody this winter is gonna be warm because of my school," said fifth grader Chloe Wright.
The coats are now in the hands of Puritan Cleaners.
"Take them back to the store, get ‘em all cleaned and processed, and then wait for around Christmastime to donate ‘em all to the kids in need," said Cory Stroud of Puritan Cleaners.
Twin Hickory collected more coats this year than last—all because students are living a lesson about helping others, and hope others soon follow.
"It would be the right thing to do to help somebody this winter," Wright said. "When they're getting their toys, somebody else in need is going to be opening up a box with a coat and it's gonna to make them just as happy as we are getting our toys on Christmas morning."
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