Coats For Kids Kickoff Event Held Nov. 28 at the Chico Boys & Girls Club Indoor Gym

CHICO, Calif. - The 2012 Coats For Kids program will be kicked off with a special media event held indoors at the Boys and Girls Club Gym, on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 3:45 p.m. The Chico Boys and Girls Club gym is located at 601 Wall Street, on the west side of their property.

Children from the Boys and Girls Club will be creating hand decorated Coat Barrels during today’s Kick Off event. The Coats For Kids Program will have coat donation barrels set up at participating schools, businesses and at all six City of Chico Fire Stations this week. The public can begin dropping off new or clean, gently used coats, jackets and sweatshirts at donation barrel sites starting today. A variety of sizes of new or gently used coats and jackets are needed that range from infant sizes through adult XXL. It is requested that all donated coats be laundered prior to donation. Coats are given out to kids that range from babies to 17 years of age. Donation barrel locations can be found at

The Coats For Kids Program is hosted by the City of Chico Fire Department, the Blaze Hit Country 103.5 and Walmart. At each event, the Chico Fire Department will be promoting Home Fire Escape Planning and Holiday Safety. The Coats For Kids Program’s goal is to have 2,012 coats donated to the program between November 28 through January 15, 2013.

A “Coat Collection Event” sponsored by the 103.5 The BLAZE radio station and Walmart will be held this Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Chico’s Walmart parking lot, rain or shine, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  During the Sat. Dec. 1 Coat Collection event, the 103.5 The Blaze radio station will be present to help us collect coats, and the Mix radio station will also be there collecting new toys for our Adopt A Family Toy drive event. Interested community members that drop off  new or gently used coats, jackets and sweatshirts in children and adult sizes during the Dec. 1 collection event will be offered free Chico Fire-Rescue Holiday & Fire Safety educational material. No coats will be given away during the December 1 event coat collection event.

There will be two Coats For Kids distribution events that will held in Chico. The first will be held on Wed., Dec. 14, 2012 at the Salvation Army Church, located at  567 E 16th St. from 3 5 p.m.. The second Coats For Kids distribution event will be held at the Jesus Center, located at 1297 Park Ave from 2 4 p.m.  

Contact Marie Fickert at 530-521-8092

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