The Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation has raised more than $115,000 for its Coat-a-Kid Program, which will be used to help 6,000 youngsters weather the winter.
“Today’s event is especially exciting as we celebrate having reached our Coat-A-Kid fundraising goal for the year,” said Mary Mélon Tully, president of the foundation.
“Winters can be brutal in Oklahoma, and without the support of our generous partners, we know that thousands of students would not have a coat to keep them warm on their way to and from school.
“Once again, our community partners have stepped up donating $115,000, which allows us to provide 6,000 new winter coats for students who need them most. We are deeply grateful for their continued support.”
“As the metropolitan area’s largest school district, nearly 90 percent of Oklahoma City Public school District’s 34,000 students are living at or below the poverty line,” it was said.
“”This reality, along with the struggles of rising inflation, makes programs like Coat-a-Kid more important than ever.”
“The work being done through the Coat-a-Kid initiative is just one example of how our community wraps their arms around our students,” said Supt. Sean McDaniel.
“We are grateful to the foundation for leading this program and helping ensure our students have new coats to endure the cold winter months.”
Mach Resources, Dell Technologies, Lemon Family Foundation, Diamondback Energy, Boeing and the OKC Firefighters Local 157 are all returning donors who each contributed over $5,000, making them the largest donors to the campaign this year.
“Through these donations and others, the program is able to fulfill every order for students needing a coat this winter,” the foundation president noted.
“Mach considers it a privilege to help ensure that every student in our city has a warm coat as we enter this season of cooler weather,” said Greg Dewey, vice president of administration of Mach Resources.
“We are blessed to partner with the foundation, which is at the forefront of meeting the physical, emotional and educational needs of our students.”
Donations can still be made for the program online at okckids.com/coat-a-kid.