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More Than 400 Kids Receive Winter Coats Saturday

BRISTOL, Tenn., Oct. 27, 2015 – During the 16th annual “Coats for Kids” event held in Kline Gym on King’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn., families gathered to select warm winter coats for their children.

We gave away 440 coats on Saturday and helped 104 families,” says Julie McReynolds, assistant dean for student engagement at King. “It was a really great day! That is the most coats we have every given away. The event was a resounding success. For many, having a coat is not of any particular significance, but for the children in our region who go without one throughout the winter months, a coat is a true blessing.

“The best thing about Saturday, in addition to seeing the smiling faces of the kids when they picked out their free coat, was seeing so many businesses, organizations, and individuals from the region and King get involved,” adds McReynolds. “We had more volunteers and more community participation than ever before. We were also able to help more people than ever before.”

Organizations volunteering included Chick-fil-A of the Pinnacle; Sullivan County Regional Health Department, Abuse Alternatives, Nintendo, King’s Digital Media Art & Design (DMAD) students with Help Portrait, King’s Education Department’s student organization, STEA-KE (Student Tennessee Education Association – King University), Son Seekers of Calvary Church, Papa John’s, and Stowaway Self Storage of Bristol. Also, a special thank you goes out to the schools in Bristol, Tenn., and Bristol, Va., along with Craig’s Cleaners who accepted donations of coats at their locations.

“We are very excited to be a part of the Bristol community. Giving back is very important to us and participating with King University and their Coats for Kids campaign gave us the perfect opportunity to do just that,” says Barbara Allen, general manager of Stowaway Self Storage. “We were delighted with the outcome and want to congratulate King on exceeding their coat goals for this year's campaign.”

“We are looking forward to another great event next year,” says McReynolds.

For more information on how you can help with the next “Coats for Kids” event or other volunteer efforts throughout the year, contact Julie McReynolds at 423.652.6310 or


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