Winter is rapidly approaching despite recent unseasonably warm days. Kids will soon be bundling up to wait at bus stops around town. Some will have warm winter clothing but others will need assistance from Coats and Boots.
Those who have benefited from North Fort Collins Business Association’s (NFCBA’s) Coats and Boots project are grateful for the help. “I hope that one day, I can be the one who gives the gift of warmth,” one thankful mom wrote last winter.
“If poor kids could pay you back for your gifts, I would pay you $1,200 so that you could get more things for kids,” a grateful little girl wrote last year after receiving her pink jacket and boots. And “I’m so glad that you don’t waste your money,” she said.
For 10 years now, NFCBA, in conjunction with Jax Outdoor Gear, has purchased quality coats and boots to distribute to children deemed to be the most impacted by poverty. And since the winterwear is of high quality, it lasts through several seasons and/or multiple siblings. In 2006, the inaugural year, NFCBA set out to make a difference in the health and well-being of local children. That year, NFCBA collected about $2,500 and served one school in north Fort Collins. It has continued to grow. This year the goal is to meet the needs of students in 17 schools. The mission is simple: to provide high-quality winter coats and boots to Poudre School District’s (PSD’s) students living in poverty. And their vision is that all children in PSD will be properly outfitted for our wintry weather and be able to enjoy the pleasures of playing in the snow.
Every year, as the donations and support grows, so does the project’s impact. Thanks goes out to the astounding continued assistance from many community partners. This year the goal is to raise $38,000. One-hundred percent of your donation will purchase winter apparel for children in need. Please join their efforts and send your donations to NFCBA, PO Box 115, Fort Collins, CO 80522. Our kiddos will thank you from the bottoms of their very warm hearts.
Jeannie Craft is a retired first-grade PSD teacher.
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