Dozens of Tulsa area families wait in line to get a warm winter coat

Wednesday, December 1st 2004, 10:44 am
By: News On 6

Giles’ Coats for Kids campaign is underway and coats are now available for kids and anyone else who needs them.

The distribution of coats for needy people started Wednesday morning, through a project of The News on 6, Catholic Charities and Yale Cleaners.

News on 6 reporter Emory Bryan says it couldn't have been a better morning to hand out coats with a frosty night driving the point home of just how many people need them.

A line formed early outside the church at 739 N Denver, where the coats are distributed. Up to 100 people each day are given tickets that will get them inside, where they can get coats. Inside, it's a shopping bonanza - coats of just about every size and style and they're all free.

There is a system to make sure people don't get more than they need, but the standard for who gets them, is anyone who says they need one. Sean Donovan, Catholic Charities case worker: "As long as they show some sort of ID, they can get coats for everyone in their household, not just themselves."

The distribution continues all this month at Catholic Charities. It starts at 9 each morning, but the line forms early and it's first come first serve.

And it's not too late to drop off good used coats at any Yale Cleaners. They'll get them to families that need them.