Coats for Kids: Keeping kids warm all winter

By Jillian Marshall

October 28, 2013 Updated Oct 28, 2013 at 10:56 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An annual coat drive kicked off Monday in hopes to keep hundreds of kids warm in Broome County.

Coats for Kids started October 28 and runs until November 22.

Coats can be dropped off in bins at Raymour and Flanigan in Johnson City.

Coats from infant sizes all the way up to young adult sizes are needed.

After the coats are dropped off, they will be cleaned by Jim's Formal Wear in Endicott.

The Family Enrichment Network will distribute them once they are clean.

Coats for Kids has been going on for over ten years and helps keep hundreds of kids warm in Broome County each winter.

"It's really important because the economic situation in the area is still growing and we're having a hard time," Kelly Weiss of the Family Enrichment Network said. "There are families that are just looking for ways to help fill the gaps."

Weiss says over 1,000 coats were collected in 2012.

She also says coats should be ready to be distributed as early as the beginning of November.

Coats for Kids is sponsored by CD-PHP in partnership with WBNG.

For more information on Coats for Kids and how you can get your family coats, click here.

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