‘A little love inside each pocket’: how your Koats for Kids donation makes an impact

DeKarla Moore started volunteering at the Community Action Coalition about a month ago, but she’s very familiar with the room she’s sorting through clothes in. One by one, she sifts through donated outfits. She has already seen a particular need for baby clothes and socks.

” I’ve actually always wanted to come in here and volunteer or just kind of be in here without shopping around, so I’m actually really excited about it. I love coming in and helping. I love it, ” Moore said.

Moore has been coming to the CAC since her daughter was a toddler and her two sons weren’t even born. The oldest goes off by herself now, and the boys are happy with pretty much anything featuring Spiderman.

” I also keep coming back because the people are so friendly and helpful and just wanting to help you find whatever you need for your kid, for yourself, ” Moore said. ” They’re so helpful and so respectful, and I really like that. ”

As a single mom, Moore says she appreciates the free clothing option, and SHE has seen the need reach far beyond her family. That need is most apparent during the organization’s Koats for Kids event, offering free coats and winter accessories to the community. Moore says she’s seen long lines of people waiting to get the gear to stay warm.

” No matter how cold it is outside or what, their goal is to get a coat, ” Moore said. ” And that’s all they care about is getting that coat for their kid. ”

Amber Kaczmarek is the lead clothing center assistant at CAC , and SHE says she knows what it means to need help.

” There are a lot of centers you can go to, yes, ” Kaczmarek said. ” But we put a little love inside each pocket of every coat; anything that goes out of here has a little bit of love inside of it too. ”

Kaczmarek says along with needing volunteers to organize clothes and assist people coming through the doors, a lot of people take for granted that they have coats, gloves, hats, and other items that keep them warm in Wisconsin’s sub-zero winters.

If you’re interested in donating to Koats for Kids, drop off any new or gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, and snow pants to any Klinke Cleaners or YMCA location in Dane County. The deadline is Oct. 5.

Everything will be dry-cleaned and delivered to the Community Action Coalition for distribution. Families in need can pick up the winter gear between Oct. 15 and Nov. 7 at the organization’s location off Stoughton Road, across from the Madison College Truax campus.

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