(Adena Health System, Chillicothe) -- Nearly 1,100 local children were listed as being in need of a winter coat this year in the annual "Coats for Kids" drive by Adena Health System. Thanks to the generosity of Adena caregivers, every one of them will have a brand new coat.
This year, coats were purchased for children in all grades and some pre-schools at 28 schools in Ross, Pike, Jackson, Pickaway, Vinton, and Hocking counties. Coats are being delivered to the schools this week and next week.
Adena’s "Coats for Kids" program has become well-known in the region, and has grown significantly since it began nearly 10 years ago with the need for only a few hundred coats.
Students are generally identified by teachers, principals, bus drivers and other school personnel who may know of a family’s financial situation, or notice a child who may not have adequate outerwear to handle winter’s chill.
Since the Health System began collecting coats in 2007, Adena’s caregivers have provided approximately 10,000 coats to children in our community through its Coats for Kids program. The coat drive is led by a team of nurses and other caregivers.
“Providing care within the communities we serve means more to Adena than just the services provided in our hospitals and clinics,” said Jeff Graham, Adena President and CEO.
“There is a lot of need in our community. When those in need are children, we can’t help but to answer the call. Our caregivers take a lot of pride, and put their hearts into making the Coats for Kids drive a success every year. If we can help a child stay warm, and give their parents peace of mind that this basic need is met, we’ve achieved our mission in caring for our community.”
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