LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- The Salvation Army gave out hundreds of coats at today's Coats for Kids event. The organization has been collecting winter clothing items for weeks leading up to the distribution day on Oct. 27.
Community members were able to take enough clothing to make up one complete head to toe outfit. One outfit per family member.
Salvation Army Lieutenants Rachel and Aaron Johnson said donations are important. From the community members who donated clothing to the volunteers who gave their time, the couple is happy with the event's turn out.
“Every coat donated, every glove donated, every minute volunteered makes our whole community our partner in doing the most good, which is what we aim to do,” said Lieutenant Rachel.
The couple said they're grateful for the community stepping up to support others in a time of need.
“If you have six kids, you can't afford to buy six coats and six pants and six of everything and the community has come together and made this happen. It'll be cool to know at the end, how many people have been helped during the winter season.” said Lieutenant Aaron.
Coats that were not taken at the event will be free to pick up at the Salvation Army on Union Street. That location will be refilling the rack until all coats are gone.