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King University Alumni Donate “Coats for Kids;” Event Oct. 22

Alumni Donations for Coats for KidsBRISTOL, Tenn., October 21, 2016 – In celebration of King University 150th anniversary, alumni were recently challenged to donate 150 coats for the University’s 17th annual Coats for Kids event taking place on Saturday, Oct. 22 in Kline Gym on the main campus in Bristol, Tenn.

The goal of Coats for Kids is to ensure every child in the region who needs a coat has one.

“It warms my heart to see the generosity of our alumni for this event,” says Dana K. McMurray, director of alumni relations. “The response to the challenge exemplifies King’s core value of service and demonstrates how our alumni are making a difference in the community. We are honored to have been able to take part in a wonderful cause like Coats for Kids.”

Donations received to date by King alumni total 41 coats and $1,070 in monetary donations.

King University student volunteers will greet families and help youth select winter coats in Kline Gym Saturday, Oct. 22 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The Education Department’s student organization, STEA-KE (Student Tennessee Education Association – King University), will provide carnival games and face painting. Several area agencies and organizations will provide information about their programs and services while offering entertainment for the children. The event is co-sponsored by Communities in Schools of Southwest Virginia.

In 2015, King University and the surrounding community came together to provide more than 440 coats for children last year.

Contact Julie McReynolds at 423.652.6310 or jamcreynolds@king.edu for additional information on the Coats for Kids project.

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King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit www.king.edu. King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information on SCHEV certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.