OKCPS Wraps Up Successful “Coat-A-Kid” Campaign

More than 5,000 new winter coats distributed to students in need this season

(Oklahoma City, OK)  To help keep children warm this season, Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) partnered with Operation Warm to provide new coats to students in need this winter.  More than 5,000 new winter coats have been distributed to children in need throughout the district as part of the Coat-A-Kid campaign.

The Oklahoma City community responded generously by donating more than $101,000 to the campaign.  Contributions came in from all over the US from alumni, community members, small and large companies and corporations, nonprofits, churches, and more.

“I am overwhelmed with the amount of winter coats that were donated to Martin Luther King Elementary students.  Our goal is to make sure every student stays warm during our cold winter months.  Because of the Coat-A-Kid campaign, we are reassured that we are meeting our goal this season,” said Principal Cherron Ukpaka.

Volunteers from the Oklahoma City area helped unload, sort, and deliver thousands of coats across the district to students in need, the majority of the coats were delivered in one day thanks to supportive volunteers.

While the campaign has concluded for this season, the OKCPS Community Relations team is completing an assessment and making plans for winter 2015.

“Our district believes the significance of this program is much more than keeping students warm throughout the winter months, it also serves an even greater, though often unspoken, need which is to feel valued, respected, and supported.  We extend a heartfelt thank you to every person and group who contributed and made the Coat-A-Kid campaign a success,” said Ashleigh Arnall, OKCPS Community Relations Manager.

For more information, please visit www.okcps.org/departments/communityrelations.

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