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A warmer winter

January 2, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

The Refuge's Coats for Clay was successful in its second year of making sure children at Sally Kate Winters Family Services have warm winter coats.
SKWFS strive to offer nurturing care and respect to children traumatized by abuse and neglect. The agency provides emergency shelter services to children and teens in need of a safe-haven during critical times in their lives while a healthy, permanent environment is secured. Sometimes children arrive at the home with only the clothes on their backs. Coats are a necessity during cold winter months. The congregation of The Refuge, a contemporary Christian Church, has recognized the need for warm outerwear for the children at SKWFS.
“We know people in our church and community love to give,” said Zane Parker III, the driving force behind Coats for Clay. “People like to know where their donations are going. All the coats are brought to Sally Kate Winters for kids who need them. Our church is more than happy to give help where it's needed.”
The Refuge donated 30 coats Monday morning, in sizes 3T to 2XL. Parker said that the first year of Coats for Clay, was an unseasonably warm year and they collected jackets, toboggans and gloves. But this year warm coats have been the main items collected. Parker wished to sincerely thank Cash and Carry Cleaners for cleaning the coats prior to distribution.

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