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1,000 More Kids Will be Warm in Iowa This Winter

Coats for Kids

Nearly 1,000 children in Iowa will have warm coats this winter, thanks to a partnership by local rotary clubs. Tomorrow, the Rotary Clubs of Bettendorf, Davenport, and the Iowa Quad Cities will ship out coats, as part of the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency's Coats for Kids program.

Spokesman Fred Anderson, says the Bettendorf Rotary Club started participating in the Coats for Kids program last year, and collected about 300 coats. But this year, the local clubs decided to work together so they can help more kids this winter.

And he hopes other rotary clubs and local organizations will get involved too. 

He says coats are taken care of, maybe others will collect gloves and hats.

The rotary clubs collected enough donations to buy 966 coats, for 40-dollars each. Anderson says they'll be packed on a truck tomorrow morning, and distributed by the Area Education Agency. 

Across Iowa, rotary clubs have donated almost 9,000 coats. 

The Coats for Kids program began in 1999, to provide coats for needy students in Davenport and Pleasant Valley school districts.