Church raises money for over 3,100 new coats for kids
SCRANTON (WOLF) -- Parker Hill Church challenged their members to raise money to give kids in our area winter coats... and members came through, raising nearly $50,000 to buy 3,112 brand new coats.
They found many local schools were in need, and the church partnered with Chicago-based nonprofit Operation Warm to get the coats made.
Today they delivered dozens to Bancroft Elementary School in Scranton.
"It's cold out there. I mean, it's 20 degrees sometimes, like last week. We don't want any child to go to school without a winter coat. We want kids to be able to have coats to play outside and we thought if we could meet that tangible need, we thought it would be a great way to partner with what these organizations are doing," said Parker Hill Executive Pastor Steve Brown.
They said they reached out to Operation Warm because they wanted to do more than a typical used coat drive - and get kids brand new ones.