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'Coats for Kids' Aims to Provide Warmth, Confidence

It hasn’t been too cold in Austin so far this season. But kids whose families can’t afford to buy them a good winter coat have already felt the chill of fall.

Coats for Kids is collecting new and gently used coats to pass out to those children in need. Donations can be dropped off at any Jack Brown Cleaners in the Austin area. The dry cleaning company will make sure the coats are in tip top shape so the kids who receive them aren’t just kept warm but are also proud of their new coat."The child actually gets to go and pick out their own warm winter coat," Paul Brown, President of Jack Brown Cleaners, says. "So it’s not that we’re saying ‘hey, here’s a coat for you.’ They get to choose their own out of all of them that are lined up there. So when they get that coat and put it on and their smiles when they’re walking out the doors with those smiles. It’s just a great, great feeling and it’s great to give back to the community.”

Coats for Kids hopes to pass out more than 30-thousand jackets this year. The drive runs through Wednesday, Dec. 5.

The Junior League of Austin has information on how to apply to receive a coat on its website.

Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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