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Thanks to everyone who made St. Leo’s coat drive such a success

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Thank you to everyone who dropped off coats for the 19th annual St. Leo’s Catholic Church Coat Drive. We collected 1,988 coats and were able to give out 1,698 coats to less-fortunate people in our community.

Thank you to the drop sites: both Super Savers, all three U-Save Pharmacies, Hy-Vee, the YMCA, the YWCA and Feel Fit Health and Fitness Club.

Thank you to: St. Mary’s Church in Wood River for collecting coats; Kathy Schwieger, Karen Denne, Carmen Moren and Sheila Fiala for their countless hours of preparation for the coat drive; Joyce Yosten, Carolyn Brooks, Carol Turek, Madelene Rose and Ann Goetz for repairing numerous coats; all who donated coats; and thank you to the many volunteers who helped wash, repair, set up and distribute the coats.

I would like to thank The Grand Island Independent and Local 4 News for the media coverage of the event. Coverage prior to the event is so vital in letting people know where to donate and letting others know how to get the coats they need.

The remaining coats were given to the Church of Christ for its weekly free clothing giveaway.

I believe our community and area own this event and each year we pull together and make winter a lot warmer and easier for numerous people. Thank you again for making this event a success and caring about the welfare of others. We hope you will all consider donating and collecting coats again next year.

Thank you.

Peachis Amadou

Outreach Coordinator

St. Leo’s parish community

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