New or Gently Used Jackets Needed for 20th Annual Coats for Kids Drive

Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, US Bank, Comet Cleaners, Gold 101, and D2 Design are preparing for this year’s 20th Annual Coats for Kids program. During last year’s distribution event, volunteers were able to supply over 4,500 coats to low-income children aged 12 and under. Over 38,000 coats have been given to needy children in Dona Ana County, since the program began 1995. 

Due to the unprecedented number of children served last year, coats for this year’s program are in short supply. Karen Bailey, Vice President at US Bank and Coats for Kids Chairman, encourages concerned community members to donate to the program as soon as possible. As we move into the winter months, no child should be without a warm winter coat. You can help us by organizing additional coat donations within the community, donating your gently used children’s coats or donating money to the Coats for Kids fund.  These funds are used to purchase coats to supplement the used ones we receive.  Your generosity will definitely make a difference to a child who is less fortunate.

“In order to make sure we have an adequate number of coats available, it is very important for us to have the sizes identified by early September,” said Karen. “The only way to do this is to have all families register by the deadline.”  The deadline for all families to register is September 19, 2014.

Prospective donors can drop off a new or gently used coat at any Comet Cleaners location, visit the Las Cruces Coats for Kids’ website to make an online donation or mail a cash donation to US Bank, 277 East Amador, Las Cruces, NM  88001. All proceeds will go towards purchasing warm winter coats for local children and donations are tax deductible. Please visit for more information.

About Coats for Kids

The Las Cruces Coats for Kids’ program is a prime example of how partnerships between private businesses, nonprofits and public schools can create a larger impact in order to make a difference in our community.

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