Giles' Coats for Kids Needs Your Help

Friday, December 12th 2008, 4:21 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, OK -- A winter weather storm is in the forecast and thousands of Oklahomans are in need of warm coats. With a major cold snap on the way, the situation will quickly turn critical.

So far this year, more than 7,500 coats have been distributed to those in need through Giles' Coats for Kids, a News On 6 community outreach project. But the difficult economy has made the need for help much greater than in years past, and more coats of all children and adult sizes are desperately needed.

You can help by donating new or gently used coats. Simply take your donated coat or coats to any Yale Cleaners location. Yale Cleaners will mend and clean the coats and Catholic Charities will distribute them to those in need.

The Giles' Coats for Kids program began more than 20 years ago and is named for longtime News On 6 meteorologist Jim Giles. Over the years, the project has provided more than 200,000 coats to those in need.

And it's not too late to adopt an angel. The Salvation Army Angel Tree at Woodland Hills Mall holds the wish lists of Green Country children and senior citizens.

From now until December 24th you can visit the Angel Tree, choose your angel and then go shopping. When you're finished return the unwrapped gifts to Woodland Hills Mall on the lower level in the Sears Court.