2018 Coats for Kids a success; Volunteers pack toys at Forgotten Child Fund
Our annual Coats for Kids was a big success this year thanks to your generosity!
More than $17,000 was collected, and about 1,600 coats.
It's all going to benefit the Forgotten Child Fund.
About 35 volunteers spent the day packing boxes to get ready to ship out to local families.
"Our empty coat shelves are now full of coats," David Young, Vice President of the Forgotten Child Fund said.
Many of Friday's volunteers are local U.S. Navy Sailors happy to lend a helping hand to our community.
"We are just trying to fill our orders," Kelly Simmons with the FCF said. "We are working through the weekend. It's getting close to Santa coming to town, so the elves are busy here in the warehouse."
There's still time for you to drop off new toys and coats to any fire station in the area.
"We've got our trucks running out all our drop box locations around Chattanooga, all the Chattanooga fire halls, EMS stations," Simmons said.
Young says this year they collected about $3,000 more than last year, and about 500 more coats.
"We couldn't have done it without the help of NewsChannel 9 and the citizens of the area," Young said.
Your help means hope for families like Jana Quinn's.
"Working and trying to take care of four kids and everything it's rough right now," Quinn said. "I mean, things are high, cost of living."
Her son was wearing a sweatshirt to school - now he has a brand new coat.
"I really appreciate it with all my heart," Quinn said.
If you need help, you can apply by stopping by the FCF until December 12. They are located at 1715 East Main Street in Chattanooga.
You'll need to bring your photo ID and social security card.