Coats for Kids is a fun success
BARSTOW • Underprivileged kids recently received new coats and shoes thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Barstow.
According to the club’s secretary DeeDe Crigler, approximately 22 kids from Lenwood Elementary School were taken to Wal-Mart to buy new clothes on Sept. 26. Crigler said each kid was given $100 to spend on a coat and shoes, and if a kid had remaining funds, that could be used towards more other clothing items.
Crigler said every year the Kiwanis Club of Barstow take children from low-income families to buy a coat and shoes right before the fall and winter temperatures hit the area, as part of the Coats for Kids.
“The faces on the children’s’ faces are priceless,” Crigler said. “That’s what we do this for. We invade WalMart and have a blast. It makes you want to pull out your check book and use your own funds.”
President of the Kiwanis Club of Barstow Peggi Fries said this is the club’s most amazing project.
Fries said making sure that children have a new outfit, a coat and shoes for the winter makes this time of year fun for her.
According to Fries, the club has done the Coats for Kids for the past eight years and not once has she ever heard any complaints from anybody involved in the program.
“Kids have a way of showing gratitude so different than anybody else,” Fries said. “They are always so excited to try new clothes on and so grateful after we purchase all the items. Kids are so easy to be around, the excitement and gratitude makes this project so fun.”
Crigler said about 30 members of Barstow High School’s Key Club volunteered their time to assist the Kiwanis Club of Barstow and join the children as they chose their new outfits.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.