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New Coats, New Hope Campaign helps kids in need

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CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- Multiple organizations have come together for the annual New Coats, New Hope Campaign to help kids in need.

The New Coats, New Hope Campaign aims to help keep children warm during the cold winter months.

"There's such a need and especially this year with COVID and the way families have been hit. It's just something that we really want to give back to the community and it's one of the ways that we do that," says Moury Bass, WIBH Co-owner.

Bass says the Campaign raised $10,000 this year resulting in 500 brand new coats. "Any kid that needs a coat can get a coat. There's no questions asked. We just, we give the coats to the Southern 7 Head Start, CMMHRN, and also here at Arrow Leaf. They're the ones that distribute the coats for us."

Rollie Hawk, Chief Information Officer for Arrow Leaf says it's a program they're happy to be a part of.

"To think that there are kids out there that don't have anything to wear and the fact that we're able to provide them with something brand new and nice looking and really just help change their outlook on life. To really help them understand there are people out there who care about you," says Hawk.

In the last 10 years New Coats, New Hope has raised $47,000 and more than 2,600 coats have been purchased for kids in need.

We're all very appreciative to the people that donated this. This is one of these situations where it wasn't a grant or a government program. These are just individuals that care enough about their communities that they're willing to step up and donate the money. Their own hard earned money just to improve the lives of young people," explains Hawk.

Every child who needs a coat can get one. There is no screening process or questions asked.

If you know a child that is in need of a winter coat contact WIBH or Arrowleaf for more information.

Jacie Brianne

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