DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Thanks to your generosity, hundreds of Miami Valley families are keeping warm this winter.
Friday, 2 NEWS anchors, reporters and other volunteers distributed community donations from the WDTN Coats for Kids drive. This year’s drive collected more than 2,000 winter jackets and accessories.
2 NEWS anchor Mark Allan helped Amber Gooden find coats for her six children.
“You get to pick out their colors. You know what your kids wear and don’t wear, so it’s like you’re shopping,” she said.
Gooden is a single mother currently out of work and explained affording new winter gear for her kids every year can be a struggle. She looked forward to surprising them with their new coats.
“My son left this morning without a coat on, so when he’s home tomorrow he’ll be happy,” she said.
For the first time, 2 NEWS partnered with Catholic Social Services for the Coats for Kids drive. The space converted for distribution is typically a food pantry, which served more than 60,000 people in 2017.
“We see families where there’s unemployment, under-employment. There are addiction issues, there are challenges with managing financial resources and budgeting,” explained Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley CEO Laura Roesch.
She said staff sees many of its clients ill-equipped for winter and was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the community.
“It’s amazing,” Roesch said. “It’s a beautiful example of the generosity of the Dayton area, which we’ve always known about.”
Families like Gooden’s said they were equally grateful for the generosity.
“I like when people do stuff for the community because there’s a lot of people who need help,” Gooden said.
Over 35 years, WDTN’s Coats for Kids campaign has collect more than a half million coats and winter accessories for families in need.
Learn more about the event here.