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Coats for Kids Receives Grant from Riverboat Development Authority

January 16, 2012

 There are very few things that make an immediate and positive impact on a child’s life. Warm winter coats support the physical, social and emotional needs of students. A winter coat not only keeps the child warm, but helps keep the child healthy, in school, and allows the child to play outside with other students. Last winter, the Dr. David E. Lane Coats for Kids Program has provided coats to more than 3,300 coats to area children who would have had no protection from our cold Midwest winter. A $10,000.00 grant from the Riverboat Development Authority (RDA) plays a vital role in the Coats for Kids Program’s ability to fulfill the growing need for coats, hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, and snow pants.


The Coats for Kids Program Advisory Board includes volunteers from participating schools, businesses and the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency. Coats are collected, cleaned, sized and then packaged for distribution to individual schools. The program has provided more than 21,500 coats during the past eight winters.


We would like to thank the RDA for its generosity in helping to keep area kids warm, healthy and in school. For more information about Coats for Kids visit our website at or contact Denise Zimmer at 563-344-6320.

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