Discount Drug Mart Paper Coat Campaign Raises $69,880 For Coats For Kids

Pictured left to right (Debbie Martinko/Coats for Kids, Danielle Harubin/Discount Drug Mart, Dave Baytosh/Discount Drug Mart, Loretta Arnold/Coats for Kids, Dave Bergman/Discount Drug Mart, Bill Wills/WTAM. Discount Drug Mart team members presents a check to Coats for Kids on December 8, 2022. Photo: Photo by Mike Snyder / iHeartMedia

CLEVELAND - Discount Drug Mart presented a check for $69,880 to Coats for Kids on Thursday during "Cleveland's Morning News with Wills & Snyder" on WTAM 1100 and they rounded up the donation to $70,000. The money was raised by selling paper coats for $1 at area stores. Coat For Kids Director Debbie Martinko said, "We really appreciate the support from Discount Drug Mart! The sale of paper coats helps us buy brand new coats for kids who really need them." The campaign was supported by both WKYC-TV 3 and WTAM 1100.

In 1981, local radio station employees became aware of a large number of children missing school in the winter because they did not have warm coats. That November, Coats for Kids-Cleveland was founded when the radio station began soliciting donations of new or like-new winter coats.

That first campaign filled the studio and subsequent campaigns brought in even more coats, along with monetary donations used to purchase new coats.

Since then, millions of dollars have been raised and hundreds of thousands of news and like-new coats have been distributed to children in need in northeast Ohio.

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