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King University, Community Partners Collecting and Sharing Coats for Kids

October 20, 2022

BRISTOL, Tenn., Oct. 20, 2022 — King University and multiple community partners are again accepting donations of new and clean, gently used winter coats for elementary through middle school-age children.

“The last few years have been challenging for families and budgets, and the recent cold snap made everyone realize that winter is almost here,” said Ashley Albertson, coordinator of Student Engagement. “For those who want a positive, easy way to help a family in our community, bringing a winter coat to campus or to one of our partner locations can make a big difference in the life of a child at home and at school.”

Those who want to contribute a coat can drop them off at the following locations:

  • Craig’s Cleaners – 1375 Volunteer Parkway #12, Bristol
  • Courtyard by Marriott – 3169 Linden Drive, Bristol
  • The YWCA of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia – 106 State Street, Bristol
  • King University – Maclellan Hall – 2613 Tadlock Road, Bristol
  • Enkore Salon – 4703 N. Roan St., Johnson City

Collected coats will be cleaned and distributed, free-of-charge, on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kline Gymnasium on King’s campus in Bristol.

“We look forward to welcoming residents to campus each year for this event,” Albertson said. “We’ll share activities, refreshments, snacks, games, and the choice of a coat for each child in a family. It’s a fun afternoon with a very special purpose, and we’re grateful to Craig’s Cleaners and all our donors, partners, and volunteers.”

Anyone present with a child, or with proper identification for a child, will receive a coat. Attendees will be given a number on a first-come, first-served basis, and will have the opportunity to visit a separate room where coats can be selected in privacy. There is no charge to attend.

For more information, or to volunteer for the Coats for Kids drive, contact Ashley Albertson at 423.652.4711 or [email protected]

For more information on King, visit www.king.edu.

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