WTHR collects coats for kids before Colts game

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For 27 years, WTHR's longest-running community service campaign has been able to help kids in need because of the generosity of Hoosiers.

WTHR's Coats for Kids campaign was started by beloved weather-man, Bob Gregory.

Bob Gregory, Weather Director Emeritus for WTHR Channel 13 and Coats for Kids spokesman, says "This campaign could not take place without the incredible support of our community. Channel 13 and our partners, Tuchman Cleaners and the Salvation Army, look forward to helping children in need each year."

In 2012, Coats for Kids gave away nearly 9,000 coats to children in Central Indiana.

"No matter how much growth we see there is always going to be need in the City and across Salvation Army shelters, we are seeing need constantly," said Salvation Army Captain Aaron Ortman.

WTHR anchors collected coats before Sunday's Colts' game.

"We had one coat that was donated that had a coat, pants, mittens, the whole thing!," said Meteorologist Angela Buchman.

Barri Schlenz and her daughter April brought coats to donate before the Colts' game.

Wearing her pink with pride, this breast cancer survivor knows how important it is to be there when others are in need.

"Everyone needs to help out. When they do, it helps them too. If you give our blessings, like coats for these kids, you are going to get blessings for yourself," said Barri Schlenz.

Colts' fan Tanya England donated the coat off her back!

"I am just happy to help! It's a great cause," said England.

Tuchman Cleaners will clean all of the donated coats and the Salvation Army will transport them to the Indiana State Fairgrounds, where they will be sorted and prepared for distribution.

Then on Saturday, October 19, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., the coats will be distributed in the Agricultural/Horticultural Building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Any child who needs a coat will receive one that day. There is only one requirement: an adult must accompany all children and there is a limit of one coat per child.

Bilingual (Spanish) volunteers will also be on site to assist non-English speaking families.

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