Please help us keep our kids warm this winter!

Time is running out to help area kids in need and, in a tough economy, the need for help is greater. Please help today!

Hello everyone,

For the 23rd year, we have launched our “Bob Gregory’s Coats for Kids” campaign, helmed by our beloved and retired weatherman, Bob Gregory.  Bob keeps coming back to help keep our kids warm in the winter, and you always do, as well.  We have also been blessed to continue our longterm campaign partnership with Tuchman Cleaners and the Salvation Army.  Salvation Army officials say, in this tougher economy, they expect the need for coats to rise 25 to 30% this year, so our kids need your help more than ever.  Please donate today because the campaign will be ending soon!

You can donate new or gently-used heavy winter coats of all sizes at any Tuchman Cleaners location through Monday, October 5th.  The Salvation Army will collect the coats and prepare them for ‘Coat Distribution Day’ at the State Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 11th.  You can also volunteer to help prepare the coats or to help fit the coats on children in need on Distribution Day.  For more details on this wonderful and rewarding campaign – the longest community campaign at WTHR – click here.  We can’t help thousands of kids without your generous donations.

Also, please join us or share ideas for community organizations, events or issues to profile on a community interview segment that I host Monday through Friday during our Noon News hour.  It’s called “Focus” and we would like to focus on community ideas that matter to you.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week on Focus.  On Monday, September 21st, we’ll give you the warning signs of diabetes and tell you how to join a Walk to help fight this devastating disease that affects some 24 million Americans.  On Tuesday, September 22nd, we’ll show you how to enjoy health and wellness while biking around the city for a special day to explore your community.  You’ll hear about the NExT (Neighborhood Exploration Tour), which is coming up soon.  On Wednesday, September 23rd, we’ll talk to Carol the Coach, a Life Coach and Marriage and Family Therapist, who visits us monthly to discuss various self-improvement and relationships issues.  This week she’ll discuss “The Four Tools of Conflict” – how to find a better resolution to conflict in your life.  If you have a question for Carol or a topic you would like for her to address in a future segment, let her know by clicking here.  On Thursday, September 24th, we’ll give you a preview of the Opening Night Gala for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s new classical series season.  And on Friday, September 25th, find out how you can help save lives by registering to become a bone marrow donor at an upcoming “Be the Match” drive.

Thank you for supporting all of our community campaigns, including our annual “Shattering the Silence” campaign on domestic abuse which ended in August.  We ‘shatter the silence’ on abuse year-round – child abuse, teen dating abuse, spouse or partner abuse – so if you have any information or ideas you would like to share, just let me know anytime.

Have a great week!

Angela Cain

WTHR Community Affairs Director