Coats for Kids drive kicks off 25th year


INDIANAPOLIS - Eyewitness News is celebrating 25 years of keeping children warm.

The bells are ringing in the season of giving and in caring people like Paul and Rosemary Logan.

"Why wouldn't you try to give something to somebody who has less than you?" said Rosemary Logan.

Before going to the game Sunday, Colts fans dropped off coats.

"We had all these extra coats that we weren't using, so we figured we might as well give them away for a good cause," said Jonathan Lempke of Munster.

The donations even came in from Steelers fans.

It's all part of Bob Gregory's Coats for Kids, celebrating 25 years of keeping kids warm and passing down a community legacy.

"That's kind of the cool thing, is that a lot of youngsters that maybe received a coat now, they're grown and had children of their own and maybe they're here donating coats now," Gregory said.

From the beginning, Channel 13 has partnered with the Salvation Army.

"And we need you. That's the biggest message. Today's collections are down because of the weather and all and there's still plenty of time to donate," said Salvation Army Divisional Commander Major John Turner.

Any Tuchman's Cleaners location will accept your donation.

"Until the end of the month, they can go to any Tuchman's Cleaners and they are going to clean all of the coats," said volunteer Kelly Scott.

And thousands of kids will have smiles on their faces during distribution next month.

"The Colts coats are really popular, so if you have an old coat at home that has the Colts logo on it, bring it on down and make that donation," said Eyewitness News Meteorologist Chris Wright.

Donor Rick Schomberg offered a tip for planning next year's donation.

"We hit the department stores at the end of the year in February and March when they're having their spring sales and getting rid of winter clothes, so we can get coats for 80-90 percent off," he said.

Whatever the amount, the smiles on kids' faces when they put on a new coat is priceless.

"This makes you feel good, because Indianapolis can get pretty cold," said Ginger Schomberg.

You can also make monetary donations at Tuchman's Cleaners or give on so we can buy new coats for kids. Distribution day is Saturday, October 29 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.