News | Published December 7, 2011

Your Donation Can Help Local Children Stay Warm

"Last year, Coats for Kids gave 450 coats to local children who did not have the clothes necessary for staying warm in the winter," said Captain Charles Niedermyer of the Salvation Army. "Many community members do not realize the number of children in our community who go through winter without a coat or other essential items of warm clothing."

Coats for Kids, an initiative sponsored by 3WZ Radio,, Cable 4 News, Balfurd Cleaners and The Salvation Army to collect new or gently used coats, hats, gloves and scarves, was founded three years ago. To date, the organization has provided nearly 700 coats to children in need.

To help with this community effort, Mount Nittany Health System has teamed up with Coats for Kids. Drop-off boxes are at 12 locations throughout the community.

"Mount Nittany is always looking for ways to see that our community has the resources to enjoy the best possible health, which includes staying warm and being cared for," said Steve Brown, FACHE, president and CEO of Mount Nittany. "Coats for Kids is one way to improve the health of local children this winter."

Coats for Kids will be taking donations at all of its drop-off boxes until the beginning of January. For a list of locations, please visit

If you know of a child in need of a coat, please contact Coats for Kids at 814.861.1785.