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Fundraiser started to help with higher demand for Coats for Kids program

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Staff at the Volunteer Center say they anticipate a higher demand this year for coats during their annual Coats for Kids campaign due to the pandemic.

To help meet that need, they started fundraising early—hoping to raise $10,000.

Organizers partnered with Darlington Warehouse to offer shopping spree prizes to four winners who made a donation.

The fundraiser starts today and runs through September 30.

Coats for Kids has distributed over 63,000 coats over the past two decades, including 6,000 coats last year.

READ MORE: Campaign starts 20th year providing warmth for youth

Officials say they recognize that many of the families who'd normally donate coats might be on the receiving end of the campaign this year due to hardships caused by the pandemic.

For more information and to get involved, visit their website.

Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

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