SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – For the sixth yr in a row, a Sioux Metropolis man is accumulating winter coats for native youngsters that don’t have one to maintain them heat.
Chuck Swaggerty received the concept one December morning, again in 2016, as he was dropping off his personal youngsters in school. The temperature outdoors was nine-degrees, and Swaggerty noticed a number of youngsters carrying mild jackets.
Since then, he’s collected coats, and donated them to native elementary faculties. Typically he buys them along with his personal cash, and relied on the charity of strangers.
However, donations have dwindled. And, he wants your assist to maintain youngsters heat this winter. KTIV’s Matt Breen not too long ago talked with Swaggerty about his donation drive.
“Chuck, you began your winter coat drive in 2016… why do you proceed this mission?” requested Matt Breen. “You understand, yearly we donate coat high faculties they hand all of them out,” mentioned Chuck Swaggerty, Donation Drive Organizer. “There’s a necessity yearly. So, there’s a necessity, and I get so much out of doing it. I feel the kids, and the mother and father, are appreciative. There’s only a want for it in Siouxland, and individuals are struggling this time of yr.”
“I do know you’ve given to eight of the elementary faculties within the Sioux Metropolis Neighborhood Faculty District,” mentioned Breen. “What’s your aim this yr… and the place are you together with your coat collections and donations?” “So, proper now, I’m at 215 coats that we’ve delivered to eight faculties,” mentioned Swaggerty. “My aim this yr is 450. So, I’d like to achieve that within the subsequent couple of weeks earlier than Christmas.”
“So, how can folks watching assist the trigger?” requested Breen. “The best means is simply to exit an purchase a couple of winter coats, or get them organized on-line,” mentioned Swaggerty. “You’ll find some actually good offers. Simply convey them to Whistle Cease Antiques. The handle is 506 Nebraska Road. Simply drop them off. That may be the easiest way.”
“What’s necessary to recollect is that you really want new coats,” mentioned Breen. So, in the event that they discover these new coats to contribute, they need to. The place can they drop them off? “Whistle Cease Antiques at 506 Nebraska Road,” mentioned Swaggerty. “And, sure, new coats. Grade college sizes. Measurement 6 to dimension 18. For boys or ladies.”
“If folks can’t discover new coats, or can’t store for brand new coats, can they contribute cash to your trigger?” requested Breen. “They will,” mentioned Swaggerty. “They will convey a donation into the shop. I’ve ordered a number of instances this yr, and I’ll discover some good offers. That’s one other means folks can donate.”
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