Coats 4 Kids donates to schoolchildren |

Coats 4 Kids donates to schoolchildren

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Bijou School Principal Cindy Martinez (center, back row) and members of the Kiwanis Club of Lake Tahoe and Kiwanis Club of Tahoe Sierra are shown with students showing off their new jackets.

More than 600 students from South Lake Tahoe schools recently received a brand new jacket for the winter.

Each year, Kiwanis of Lake Tahoe — with the help of grants from the El Dorado Community Foundation, Antique and Classic Boat Society/Classic Wooden Boat Show and the American Century Golf Classic — is able to purchase these jackets.

"It is with the support and generosity of our community, and the volunteers who distribute the coats each year, that every child who needs one is able to have a warm, new jacket for the winter cold," said Gail Kolb, past president of Kiwanis of Lake Tahoe and chairperson for the Coats 4 Kids project.

In addition to Kiwanis volunteers, Tahoe Turning Point also participates to help distribute the jackets.

"We are so grateful and the kids get so excited about their new jackets" Bijou Principal Cindy Martinez said.

"As the program and donations grow, we would like to be able to purchase warm boots and snow pants too," Kolb said.

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