The Wenzel's are a family just like yours and mine. In 2009 Eric was told that the pain in his back was a reoccurrence of his Colon Cancer from the previous year. This time it was much worse, stage four, as it had grown through the last four bones of his spine. Given little hope to live, he and his family decided to donate many of his winter coats to a local thrift shop. The manager of the thrift shop was thrilled to have the extra winter wear. Coincidentally, that weekend at their church the Wenzel's decided to undertake a pay it forward challenge that was offered during the Christmas Season. Emma and Jake, 9 and 7 at the time, suggested the family start a coat drive to pay back all those who had helped them during Eric's three year battle. That effort begun what is now Coats of Kindness. During the last five years over 50,000 items have been collected and distributed to those less fortunate. Eric, soon to celebrate 6 years of being disease free, proudly says we are just getting started.

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Our mission is to teach our children the importance of giving back to their community and to know that a simple act, such as donating a coat, can change someone's life.

2016 Drive

October 24 - December 3


New or Gently Used Winter Wear

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It's cold, we need Coats. Please contact us to make arrangements to run a drive, donate coats/winter wear or make a charitable contribution.  It's that easy! 


Our goal is to collect as many new or gently used winter wear items to include: coats, mittens, gloves, snow pants and scarves and donate to those less fortunate. These items are given at no cost.

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