With cool fall weather setting in, soon turning to winter, cold weather gear will once again make its return, old items being pulled from closets and new items purchased from area stores. But for families that can’t always afford all of the winter essentials or whose kids have outgrown last year’s clothing, as so many do each year, winter may be especially biting if not for the support of the community and programs like Coats for Kids.
Coats for Kids provides school-age kids from pre-K through high school seniors The opportunity to get what they want and need, such as coats, hats, scarfs and gloves.
There are children in families right here in Fulton County that are struggling and need your help!
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?
How does it work?
October 1st 2020 – February 1st 2021 annually (Families must meet guardianship and income guidelines)
Applications are taken (during the application enrollment period) online and in partnership with community outreach locations. Children are served on a first come first served basis as donated funds become available for the purchase of new items. Children must be 18 and under at the time of sign up.
100% of all donations are used to purchase warm clothing for the children! Thru the Community Foundation of the Adirondack Foothills, all donations are 100% tax-deductible.
Children must be between the ages of 5 and 18 as of October 1st.
The household must be under the federal poverty level for its size. (Explanation - Total income
of the residence must fall below 250% of the current Federal Poverty Guidelines (2020 - 2021)
The household must have an address in Fulton County, NY
(Gloversville, Johnstown, Bleeker, Broadalbin, Caroga, Ephratah, Mayfield, Northville,
Northampton, Oppenheim, Perth)
You must provide the following information:
Copy of state ID or driver's license for the adult
Social security cards / of all household members
numbers for all household members
Some form of authorized adults over children: Guardianship or custody paperwork, power of attorney affidavits, birth certificates for all children being registered by the adult
Proof of household income for the last 30 days. (Includes check stubs, benefits letter from DHS, Unemployment, SSI/SSD, child support
Total household income must fall below 250% of the current Federal Poverty Guidelines.
The families we serve have been disproportionately impacted, therefore we have had to re-imagine coat giving programs that will allow us to meet the influx of need for coats expected in our communities - in accordance with current health and safety guidelines.
Modified in-Person Coat Selection:
Two major donation centers have been selected:
(1) The gymnasium at the Center of Hope at 33 Bleeker Street, Gloversville.
(2) The Community Foundation Headquarters at 965 State Highway 29 A. Suite 102, Gloversville.
Both sites are handicap accessible and will allow a sufficient space where (1) child and (1) adult can come into a COVID-safe location at a time and still social distance while working with a volunteer to find items that are fitted for the child. Each location will be arranged with coats according to size and a separate space for boots, hats/mittens/gloves.
Everyone will be required to wear face masks at all times while in either in-person locations.
Hand sanitizer will be used upon entering the coat selection room,
After each child, a WYNC Portable Electric Intelligent-Fogger-ULV will be used to fog the area in under 20 seconds for a 99.99% elimination of Viruses on surfaces.