The Boys & Girls Club of Wooster was chosen to receive winter coats for families in need from Operation Warm, a program funded as part of the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) grant program. The Boys & Girls Club is paying it forward and sharing the coats with students in the Wooster City School District.
“We thought it was important to partner with Wooster City Schools to distribute as many coats as possible to kids and youth this winter,” said Christine Lindeman, executive director for Boys & Girls Club of Wooster. “We are very excited to have coats available at each elementary school, Littlest Generals preschool, Edgewood Middle School and Wooster High School.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Wooster will receive a little more than 500 coats from Operation Warm. Each school building in the Wooster City School District will receive coats for students in need. All students and families receiving coats through this program must satisfy the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program criteria and complete a program eligibility application.
All qualifying preschool and elementary families will have the opportunity to select coats on Tuesday, January 28 from 4:30-6 p.m. at Cornerstone Elementary. Coat sizes range from 3T to Youth 14-16. Quantities are limited and will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.
“We are so thankful to Operation Warm and the Boys & Girls Club of Wooster for helping our students stay warm this winter,” said Director of Elementary Education, Karen Arbogast. “It is such a great gesture and gives the families a little comfort knowing that their children will have a coat to wear during the cold winter months.”