Holiday coat drive to keep Louisville children warm

Hundreds of JCPS students will return from winter break to brand new winter coats. That's thanks to a push from Metro Council President David Yates.

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- Hundreds of JCPS students will return from winter break to brand new winter coats and that's thanks to a push from Metro Council President David Yates.

David Yates gave this effort momentum but he made it super clear on Tuesday, this was a bipartisan effort. Helping him were other council members, several businesses, and even his daughter.

More than 300 jackets were collected. All of them are brand new and all of them have been given to JCPS. 

The jackets will be handed out to resource officers at schools in need. After winter break, if they notice a student without a warm jacket, that student will get one of the coats. Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio was at Tuesday's presentation to receive the coats.

"Every day our goal is to help every student be successful and sometimes there are real challenges. If a child has been shivering cold because they don't have a warm enough coat in the morning waiting for the bus, it's really hard for them to come in and focus,” Brent McKim, JCTA President, said. 

“I just want to say thank you on behalf of all of the kids in JCPS, the employees, the teachers, the principals. We clearly know we cannot be successful if we cannot meet the basic needs of our students,” Pollio said. 

Yates said he's hoping that next year they can double the amount of coats gathered, continuing to make sure kids are warm during the winter.

There is still time for you to give. If you want to donate a new coat, you can drop that off on the first floor of city hall. It should be addressed to the office of the president. 

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