Still need coat donations for kids! Time is running out.

Please donate a “Coat for Kids” today because we are behind on donations and time is running out.

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 and we are behind in donations!

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 28th, we’ll profile the Governor’s Conference on Service and Volunteerism including how the economy is affecting Hoosier volunteerism.  On Tuesday, September 29th, we’ll talk about teen drug and alcohol abuse and profile a special school helping them recover.  On Wednesday, September 30th, a last-minute overview of our “Coats for Kids” campaign, as we hold a Colts Collection Drive and Coat Distribution Day.  On Thursday, October 1st, we’ll talk about HIV/AIDS and a special way you can support an area center that is working to prevent the spread of the disease and empower people living with it.  And on Friday, October 2nd, we’re talking about the “Circle City Classic” – a weekend celebration of college football and historically black colleges and universities – that includes a downtown parade that will attract celebrities and tens of thousands of attendees.

Have a great week!

Angela Cain

WTHR Community Affairs Director