LaSata’s annual coat drive a success

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Kim LaSata announced on Thursday that the annual Kim’s Coat Drive for Kids has come to a close and 142 coats and 31 pairs of snow pants were donated to kids in need.

“I originally started this coat drive to help kids stay warm during the harsh Michigan winters,” said LaSata, R-Coloma. “Unfortunately, many kids go without a warm coat and I knew that with the kindness and generosity of folks across southwest Michigan we could really make an impact and change that.”

LaSata’s office has collected and distributed hundreds of new or gently used coats and jackets to kids across the 21st District — a success that the senator places on the shoulders of thoughtful residents, school staff who help distribute donated coats, and the local businesses who partnered with her office to reach more kids in need.

“The last couple of years have been an incredible success, and I’d like to thank past and present donors who lent a helping hand,” LaSata said. “The kindness of people in each of our communities is what has really made this effort come together. I hope we can continue to build more local partnerships and help even more kids next year.”

Teresa Belote, St. Joseph County Intermediate School District superintendent, agreed and also extended a heartfelt thank you to those who donated.

“The generosity of our local residents never ceases to amaze me,” Belote said. “Thanks to the incredible support of this year’s donors, more than 40 St. Joseph County students will now have a warm coat this winter.”

Mildred C. Wells Academy School Leader Latrisha Corona said these coats will help keep students warm and allow them to focus on their school work.

“These donations will truly make a difference in these kids’ lives,” Corona said. “Winters down here can be brutally cold, and unfortunately, many children do not have a warm jacket that fits. This year’s coat drive will make a significant difference for many students and make sure they stay warm this winter! I want to join Senator LaSata in thanking those who donated. Your donations have left a monumental effect on communities all over the region.”

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Photo caption: State Sen. Kim LaSata, R-Coloma, partners with Mildred C. Wells Academy Business Manager DeVal Washington and social worker Rhonda Milard to distribute donated coats to students in need.