As winter approaches, there is a growing need for warm coats in Dodge City. In response to that need, the Credit Union of Dodge City is stepping up, taking donations from a number of residents across town for its “Coats for Kids” charity.
The Credit Union of Dodge City is accepting donations of winter coats along with monetary donations to be used to purchase coats for those in need. Coats for both children and adults are accepted and donations are taken year round, with the largest number of donations taking place in the fall. In the past the credit union has received donations from organizations including the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas and the Dodge City Area Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
The credit union send out letters to schools at the beginning of each fall reminding them of the charity so that students and their parents can request coats. Those in school can obtain a coat by contacting their school counselor. If a child is not in school, their parent can stop by the credit union’s location at 1200 W Frontview St.
The credit union has been making coat donations for about 10 years. It started with a request from Bright Beginnings. The response to the request was so strong, including a $1,000 donation, that the credit union decided to turn it into a yearly charity.
“It’s been highly supported by the community,” CEO Karen Hamit said. “We probably receive in coats and money $3,000 in a year’s time.”
All proceeds go to purchasing coats, with all overhead costs coming out of the credit union’s budget.
The credit union distributes between 150 and 300 coats each year and their reach isn’t limited to Dodge City. Coats are also given to residents of surrounding towns including Bucklin, Minneola, Jetmore, Kinsley and Offerle.
“I believe in making sure that every child in this community has a coat and that they’re all warm and safe and sound during the winter time,” Hamit said.
Those interested in making a donation to the Credit Union of Dodge City can bring coats or monetary donations to any of the credit union’s buildings, including their locations at 1200 W Frontview St and 802 W Trail St. Monetary donations can also be sent by mail.
Those interested in obtaining a winter coat should contact their school counselor or contact the credit union and ask for Dina, who can be reached at 620-227-7181 or by email at email@example.com.