DODGE CITY — The 2019 Warm Winter Project exceeded expectations compared to last year for area children.
According to Dodge City Public Library community relations specialist Phil Handsaker, the community donated 218 items this year.
The Warm Winter Project was in coordination with the Credit Union of Dodge City, Genesis Family Health and DCPL and ran from Dec. 2-20.
The community was encouraged to donate blankets, hats, scarves, coats, mittens and sweaters to go to those in need this winter season.
“It was up a bit from last year,” Handsaker said. “We delivered these items to the Credit Union of Dodge City and Family Genesis Health.
“By the looks on the faces of their staff, I’d say these items were appreciated and will definitely go to a good cause.
“Genesis Family Health began distributing them the day we dropped them off.”
The event was the fifth time DCPL was part of the project that went with the 20th year of the Credit Union of Dodge City Coats for Kids partnership with area schools in southwest Kansas.
Coats for Kids provides winter coats, hats and gloves for children in need.
The program was funded by annual donations from the Community Foundation, Dodge City Area Women’s Chamber, and the Credit Union’s Holiday Deferral program and from community members.