'Coats for Kids' gives children needed winter gear

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King University hosted the annual 'Coats for Kids' drive Saturday, helping more than 100 families.

Kristina Southwich and Lannie Richardson have a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old, with another child on the way. "Clothes, diapers, sippy cups, name it, we've got to buy it," said Southwich.

And with recent blast of cold air, it is time to add coats to the shopping list. "It would cost us close to a $100 to get everybody a good coat," said Southwich.

But thanks to King University's 'Coats for Kids,' this family's winter will be a little easier. "We collect coats in the community, we bring them here and wash them and clean them. Then today is our distribution day were we have families come and pick out a coat," said Julie Roberson, the assistant dean of student engagement.

Roberson tells News 5 that more than 100 hundred families have the opportunity to choose from nearly 400 coats and hats of all different shapes and sizes.

But at the end of the day it's all about servicing others. "I really like service and that's what we are all about at King. They really encourage that. There are some mandatory hours, but a lot of us go above and beyond those hours just because we really like serving," said Jordan Figliola, a student.

"It's part of who we are and what we do," said Roberson.

Southwich tells News 5 that she was able to get her kids two coats each, and now she's free of worry. "There's not enough words to thank the people who donated the coats. It's a great help," said Southwich.

If you are interested in donated a coat, Roberson tells us they'll accept them throughout the year.

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