Madera County Office of Education employees donated 66 new or gently used winter coats in late autumn, according to senior administrative assistant Jennifer Pascale on Monday.
It was the office’s first coat drive, but won’t be the last, Pascale said. The office plans to make the drive an annual fall event.
The coats, which ranged in size from infant to adult, were sorted and then distributed to low income enrollees of the office’s alternative, special and early education programs in November. Most were given to children, but some were kept at schools as loaners for forgetful students.
“Every child in need of a coat at the Madera County Early Education Center received one,” Pascale said. “Remaining coats were kept on hand at the center ... Generally, the center gives out three to five coats a day for students to use as loaners when they are not adequately dressed for the cold weather.” ...