Network of Community Ministries reps say they’re receiving calls from school counselors and teachers in Richardson ISD seeking warm coats for students. Kids are arriving at school with no jacket or insufficient cover in frigid morning temperatures, they say.
Network regularly receives donated coats in adult sizes, but they are especially in need of kids’ coats – and they need them quickly. Bus stop temps hover around the freezing mark this time of year, and children are left shivering as they wait.
Besides donating gently used jackets from your own children’s closets, Network Director of Development Tina Floyd suggests two ways to help. You could organize a coat drive in your neighborhood, she says, or contribute gift cards to Target, WalMart or Old Navy so Network can purchase new coats. Families in need may select a coat using Network’s handy online portal.
Coats and gift cards may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday at the main Network entrance, 741 S. Sherman in Richardson. All other clothing donations may be delivered from 8-4 each Wednesday. Financial gifts may be made online here.