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King University “Coats for Kids” Event Set for Oct. 24

BRISTOL, Tenn., Oct. 19, 2015 – King University will be providing children’s winter coats for the University’s 16th annual “Coats for Kids” Day, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24 in Kline Gym on King’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn.

“Over the past 15 years the Bristol community has come together, showing immense support of ‘Coats for Kids,’” said Julie McReynolds, assistant dean for student engagement at King. “We’ve been overjoyed at the amount of support we have received this year. We anticipate an increase in the number of coats will be able to provide this year. Our hope is that every child in our region who needs a coat – has one.”

Donated children’s coats may still be dropped off at King University at either the Administration Building or Maclellan Hall on the main campus in Bristol, Tenn., or at Craig’s Cleaners located at 1375 Volunteer Parkway #12 Bristol, Tenn., though Thursday, Oct. 22. Monetary donations designated for “Coats for Kids” will be accepted at King University’s Administration Building located on the main campus.

“We are grateful so many community members and organizations are supporting our students’ service project. Together, we are ensuring children in our community have the coats, scarves, and gloves they need to stay warm this winter,” said McReynolds.

King University student volunteers will greet families and help youth select winter coats in Kline Gym Saturday, Oct. 24 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.

For more information, contact Julie McReynolds at 423.652.6310 or


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 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.