To provide brand new warm winter coats for local elementary school children in need. To sustain our program for many years to come where 100% of funds are used for coats. To continue to seek additional grants and charitable giving programs to expand our reach until every child in need is provided a warm winter coat.
In 2009 we learned about a local school where many of their kindergartners didn’t have winter coats. We started to fundraise internally from our team at Doyle & Ogden Insurance. That first year we donated 50 brand new warm winter coats to Harrison Park Elementary. We started to gain a better understanding of how great the need is and started reaching out to other schools to partner with, adding more each year. We applied for charitable giving programs from the companies we do business with and over the last 10 years have provided over 2500 winter coats to local elementary school children in need.
Our partner schools are determined by the percentage of students on the free breakfast and lunch program and qualify for Kids Food Basket sack supper program. All but one or our partner schools has a KSSN (Kent Social Services Network) representative assisting the students and their families. Without the KSSN representatives’ efforts to determine the children in need we could not be successful. Below are the schools we currently partner with.
- Harrison Park Elementary
- San Juan Diego Academy
- Godfrey Lee Early Childhood Center
- Godfrey Lee Elementary
- Gladiola Elementary
- Meadow Ridge Elementary
- Cesar E. Chavez Elementary
- Dickinson Elementary
2019 marks 10 years of Coats for Kids! Our goal is to add 2 more schools, Burton Elementary and Potter’s House School, bringing the total to 10 schools we partner with in 10 years. To accomplish this, we need to raise $10K to sustain the partnerships we have and the new ones we will reach this year.
The reality is that West Michigan winters are brutal and a large percentage of the children in need walk to school. Without a warm winter coat students don’t attend school. Subsequently, they don’t have breakfast and lunch that day, or receive their sack supper from Kid’s Food Basket, and they fall behind in their education. That is why we say “It Is So Much More Than A Coat!”
Make A Difference
- Donate funds. Checks should be made out to the Del J. & Jean B. Doyle Family Foundation and reference Coats for Kids. Mailed to 3330 Broadmoor SE, Ste. E, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
- Tell us about an organization or company that has a charitable giving program
- Spread the word in your community about Coats for Kids
- Suggest a school in need
- Volunteer to deliver coats
- Join us for our bag and tag event in February
- Like us on Facebook and share posts about Coats for Kids.