Loveland, Ohio – Allison Spitzley, a junior at Loveland High School, is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award project, which is creating the annual program, Coats for Kids. The goal of this program, which is through the LIFE Food Pantry, is to provide children of LIFE clients with warm winter gear.

They are collecting donations of new or gently used coats, hats, mittens/gloves, scarves, socks, and winter boots for all ages (infant – adult).

For more information about this program, you can go to lifefoodpantry.org/coats-for-kids/.

There are three ways to donate to this program: purchasing items from the Amazon wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/216U8YQ2XE547?ref_=wl_share 

Please note that the shipping option of Chris Spitzley/Coats for Kids needs to be selected; dropping items off at the LIFE Food Pantry, or there will be an item dropoff at Prince of Peace on November 5th from 10 AM until Noon. 

Sponsorships are available. Donations can be made to LIFE Food Pantry please specify that it is for the Coats for Kids program. Businesses contributing to the banner will be thanked on LIFE’s website. Donations can be made to LIFE Food Pantry please specify that it is for the “Coats for Kids” program.

Today, approximately 10.5% of Loveland’s population is under the poverty line. Studies show nearly 60% of Americans will directly experience poverty at some point during their adulthood. That means that these families are having to make tough choices on which necessities are needed the most – rent, utilities, food, clothing. All kids should have a carefree childhood and not have to worry about how to stay warm during the winter. Giving a child a brand new winter gear instills confidence and improves their overall wellness to help them thrive and achieve their goals.

How to be part of the team:
If you are interested in joining the team to lead a collection in your neighborhood, please reach out to Allison at allison.spitzley@gmail.com

When to donate:
Donations will be accepted at any time at LIFE Food Pantry and at other locations from October 16th through November 6th.

How to donate:
In October, items can be dropped off at the following locations:
• Loveland Music Academy
• Prince of Peace
• Epiphany United Methodist Church
• Congregation Beth Adam
• Loveland United Methodist

What to donate:
Visit our Amazon Wishlist here to purchase items online and click here to check out our tally of items collected !

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