Children in need will receive something more than just pens and papers next week. They will also have something warm to wear when they return to the classroom.
Volunteers from Fred Meyer sorted more than 4,500 new winter coats on Wednesday at the Salvation Army warehouse. The supermarket chain donated the coats as part of their annual effort to help children around the state.
The Salvation Army tells KTVA the donations make a difference.
“For these kids, it really means the world,” said Salvation Army spokesperson Jenni Ragland. “They are dressed and look just like the families who come outfitted with new clothing at the beginning of the school year.”
Fred Meyer has donated more than $200,000 worth of winter coats over the last four years.
The coats, along with donated school supplies, will be given out Aug. 13 at the Sullivan Arena.