Riverview Kiwanis 'Coats for Kids' program provides winter clothes for 10 needy families - Southgate News Herald

Cartoonist's Take

The program is called “Coats for Kids,” but it’s actually about much more than just coats and jackets.

Early in the Christmas shopping season, the Kiwanis of Riverview look forward to the program many members find to be among the most gratifying.

“Each year we take 10 local needy families to JCPenney to shop for winter clothes including coats, gloves, sweaters or anything they need as far as clothing,” said Andrew Swift, a longtime Kiwanian and chief organizer of the event. “This year those 10 families included 17 school-age children.”

Each child is given a budget of $90 to $100 to spend, but with the sizeable donation given to Riverview Kiwanis by the store, the children each get about $130 worth of clothing, Swift added.

The Kiwanis of Woodhaven provided transportation from the Riverview Schools’ bus garage to the store at the Southland Center in Taylor for the Nov. 1 event.

“We have a good time on the bus meeting the families and they do show their appreciation for what we do for them,” Swift said.

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