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"Coats For Kids" returns to Wood County to help youth in need

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Wisconsin Rapids Kiwanis Club "Coats For Kids"

WOOD COUNTY, Wis. (WAOW) -- The Wisconsin Rapids Kiwanis Club, in conjunction with several community partners, is hosting the annual 'Coats For Kids' campaign.

Residents can drop-off new or gently used coats at several drop-off locations. The coats will be distributed to grade school-aged kids in need, through area school districts that are able to recognize potential need.

The Wisconsin Rapids Kiwanis Club has been doing 'Coats For Kids' for over 30 years, and last year over 3,000 coats were donated.

"We want to make sure that all kids are warm this winter," Wisconsin Rapids Kiwanis Club member Jill Steckbauer said. "We know winter activities in Wisconsin are a whole lot of fun, but brutal when you’re cold. Kids needs to get outside and play, and have a healthy environment to do that.”

One of of the collection sites includes the Wood County Sheriff's Department, located inside of the Wood County Courthouse.

Wood County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Quentin Ellis said people don't need to worry if they have concerns due to the collection site's location.

The drop-off bin is at the front entrance of the courthouse, before the security service screening station.

"They don’t have to come into the sheriff’s department and be worried about a bunch of cops going by and seeing what they’re up to," Ellis said. "Our whole focus in this is to partner with the local Kiwanis Club to help kids in need."

The initiative will run through December 3.

A list of collection sites and more information can be found here, here and by calling the WRKC at (715) 423-8938

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