Winter Coat Drive is successful

Published 9:18 am Thursday, December 21, 2023

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Winter can be a magical time for many, with snowflakes gently falling and the scent of hot chocolate in the air. But for some families, the bitter cold can be a source of worry and stress. These families are often forced to choose between providing warm clothing for their children or meeting other essential needs.

To help address this situation, Gates County Schools, Gates County Community Partnership (GCCP), and Dominion Energy recently collaborated on a Winter Coat Drive for students of need in Gates County Schools. This initiative was able to collect 170 winter coats to donate to local youth.

“It has truly been an honor to collaborate with Gates County Community Partnership and Dominion Energy in this year’s Coat Drive,” said Dr. Barry Williams, Superintendent, Gates County Schools. “I am so proud of everyone who participated in some part to provide for those in need this winter. The gift of giving and caring for others that our students, staff, GCCP, and Dominion Energy have exhibited is the essence of the holiday season.”

The importance of this initiative cannot be underestimated. It ensures children have proper protection against the harsh weather conditions. Winter coats act as a shield, providing warmth and insulation, and reducing the risk of illness caused by exposure to the cold. Having a quality winter coat allows children to go outdoors confidently, participate in physical activities, and stay active during the winter months.

Beyond the practical benefits, a winter coat can do wonders for a child’s self-esteem. It’s easy to overlook the social and emotional impact a warm coat brings. Feeling included and having the same opportunities as peers boosts children’s self-confidence and fosters a sense of belonging. No child should feel left out or embarrassed due to not having proper winter attire.

“We hope this coat drive also serves as a catalyst for community involvement. Neighbors, schools, local businesses, and charitable organizations came together, united by a common cause: ensuring children in our community stay warm and protected,” emphasized Katherine Wade, External Affairs, Dominion Energy North Carolina. “This coat drive not only provides tangible assistance but also nurtures the bonds that strengthen our society. It brings out the best in us, reminding us we are all capable of making a positive impact in someone else’s life.”

In a show of deep appreciation to the local community, Chante Jordan, Director, Gates County Community Partnership, stated, “To all the generous donors of our coat drive, your kindness and compassion are truly commendable. Your support demonstrates the power of community and the beauty of human kindness. Thank you for your generosity and for making a meaningful difference in the lives of others.”

Coats were distributed at a few Gates County schools. There will be more available at the Gates County Community Center starting on Monday, Dec. 18. If interested, please contact Connie Wolfrey at 252-357-0677 or just stop by.

Coats will be available in all sizes to fit students from kindergarten through 12th grade.