Here is a good opportunity for you to kill two birds with one stone, clean your closet and give to local children in need. For the past 34 years, the Kiwanis Club of Lake Charles has been collecting, Coats For Kids. The collection of new and gently used coats is then distributed evenly among 10 charities right here in SWLA such as Boys Village, CPSB McKinney-Vento Assistance to Homeless Children, Abraham's Tent, CARC, Oasis Women's Shelter, ETC Harbour House, The Potters House, The Lord's Place, DeWanna's Closet and Care Help of Sulphur.

Can you think of a better way to give back? Last year the American Press reports this wonderful annual event was able to collect more than 2,500 coats and monetary donations of $17,000. Now through November 18 coats may be brought to various drop-off locations throughout the city including some schools and local businesses.

Coats for Kids co-chair Steve Ek said about the initiative, “This is a pure community and school-based service project and the significance of it is that when the cold weather comes around, there are many, many people around who do not have warm clothing,” He continued, “Our objective is to provide them with that each year.”

Jim Myer Co-chair added, said it's important to make sure those in need can find resources. Myer went on to say “We take coats for everyone, not just kids anymore."

Another way to drop off coats is to stop by the Spooktacular! Coats for Kids event at the Crying Eagle Brewery on Friday, October 28. Admission is free and there will be family-oriented activities from 5-6:30 PM. Immediately followed by live music from Cry Baby, food, a silent auction, a split-the-pot raffle, plus team coat relay races! Craft beer will also be available for purchase.

Every person who donates a coat of any size will get a free Spooktacular Crying Eagle glass, a drink token, and a free raffle ticket. For more details see the flyer below!


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