TAYLOR — Over 300 children from low income families will receive brand-new winter coats this fall courtesy of The Taylor Rotary Club.
This will be the 10th consecutive year that the club has partnered with Operation Warm, a national non-profit dedicated to providing hope, happiness and warmth for children in need through the gift of new winter coats. The collaborative, community-based program has impact far beyond the Taylor area.
Operation Warm programs across the United States and Canada are bringing this initiative to the communities in which they work and live.
This year, the Taylor Rotary Club will provide new coats to children at the Taylor School District’s elementary schools and Taylor Head Start. Both organizations will survey their students to determine the needs.
“New winter jackets do not just bring warmth to the students, but also brings a feeling of esteem to the children when they put on the new jackets,” Taylor Rotary Club President Ed Bourassa said, “With the current poverty levels in the Taylor community, our children and schools benefit from this program in more ways than one. A new coat allows families to stretch limited financial resources to other basic necessities like food and shelter.”
With the help of Load 1, a local transport company, the coats will be picked up in Chicago, at no cost to the club. This eliminates any shipping costs that would be incurred. Rotary members will then use the Load 1 warehouse to sort the jackets to be shipped to each school. With monetary support from the community, the Rotary is able to give the gift of warmth to these children right before the winter holidays.
To help with the financial needs, send a check made out to: Taylor Rotary Club DAF. The check can be mailed to: Taylor Rotary Club, Box 155, Taylor, MI, 48180. The donation will be tax deductible.
Donations also can be made online by going to www.operationwarm.org/taylorrotary
The Taylor Rotary Club also will host a comedy night on October 19, with some of the proceeds helping to finance the program. The comedy night will be held Knights of Columbus Council 4872, 24900 Breast Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and includes pizza, salad and pop. And of course a lot of laughs.
For more information and tickets contact Armando Sardanopoli at 734-895 5875 or [email protected]
Rotary is a worldwide service organization with over 2 million members. Its mission is to help build a better world by emphasizing service activities that enhances the quality of life. The Taylor Rotary meets at noon Thursdays for lunch at Wayne County Community College District’s Dowrniver Campus, 21000 Northline Road. Visitors are welcome.
Source: City of Taylor