LC Real Estate Group Foundation's Coats and Boots progam will once again be distributing free winter clothing to Loveland's Title 1 schools. Coats and Boots uses donated funds to obtain new winter wear at cost through a partnership with sporting goods retailer Scheels.
Rico Devlin, a partner at LC Real Estate Group and one of the program's organizers, said the program will look different this year in order to minimize in-person contact. Voluteers in past years helped the kids size their winter gear on the day the coats & boots were donated. While this year might look a little different, "The kids will still get the chance to pick them out, so it's more personal for them, and it's not just them being handed a jacket," Devlin said.
With School officials handling the physical distribution of donated coats and boot this year, the program's recipients will include Edmondson, Lincoln, Monroe, Garfield, Sarah Milner, Truscott and Winona. The foundation hopes to grow to serve all Thompson elementary schools in the coming years.
The foundation has set a fund raising goal of $15,000 this year. With each $60 tax deductible donation going directly towards the cost of a set of winter clothing, these jackets and boots will provide a student with the gear they need to be successful and comfortable this winter. Nathan Klein, another program organizer and Senior Partner at LC Real Estate Group, said the schools are reporting a greater need this year due to the financial strain placed on the families by the pandemic. "Every school is asking us for more" he said.
We encourage interested individuals and businesses to make a tax-deductable contribution, either by mailing a check to LC Real Estate Group Foundation c/o Coats & Boots, 1712 Topaz Drive, Loveland CO 80537, or visting the program's Gofundme page.
For a full article written on this year's Coats and Boots program, visit the Reporter Herald write up by Max Levy HERE.