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Centerville Rotary Donates Over 500 Coats to Keep Kids Warm

DAYTON, OH – Centerville Rotary Club has partnered with local children’s nonprofit Hannah’s Treasure Chest for the fifth year to provide warm winter coats for children in need.

“Each quarter of the year we dedicate our members’ “Happy Dollars” to a particular non-profit recipient,” said Club president Mark “Peachy” Metzner. “We now routinely dedicate our 3rd quarter “Happy Dollars” to the Operation Warm coat project for Hannah’s Treasure Chest. Our members feel very rewarded by providing winter coats to children in need.”

In addition to the 3rd quarter funds, the club received several large, anonymous donations and a grant from Rotary District 6670. In total, Centerville Rotary Club raised $9,180 to purchase 510 coats from Operation Warm, a Pennsylvania nonprofit organization that provides quality, new coats to children in need through partnerships with other nonprofits.

Centerville Rotary Club then donates the coats to local nonprofit Hannah’s Treasure Chest to be included in care packages for area children in need.

“As the weather grows colder, requests for warm coats steadily increases,” said Sarah Williams, Executive Director of Hannah’s Treasure Chest. “The coats provided each year by Centerville Rotary Club help fill a critical need at just the right time. In fact, our volunteers are already picking out coats from this year’s shipment to include in care packages because we were completely out of those sizes.”

Ron Hollenbeck, acting president of the Centerville Rotary Club, introduced the project to the Centerville Rotary Club five years ago when he moved to the area from Pennsylvania.

“Rotary is an international club of business and professional men and women who want to help make our communities, our country, and our world a better place for each of us to live and work,” said Hollenbeck. “We feel that a new, warm coat will facilitate children getting to school during the colder months, which is turn will help improve childhood literacy.  In fact, that was the origin of Operation Warm.  A Rotary member saw children on the streets of Philadelphia during winter with no coats, and recognized these children were not attending school.  A new coat not only keeps the child warm, but also improves the child’s self-esteem.”

In 2018 Centerville Rotary would like to combine fundraising efforts with other Rotary Clubs or service clubs to increase the number of coats purchased for children in need.  Project coordinator Ron Hollenbeck may be reached at 937-885-3902 to schedule a presentation to interested groups.

For more information about Hannah’s Treasure Chest, please call the office at 937-438-5039, visit online at: www.hannahstreasure.org or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HannahsTreasureChest. Families seeking help should contact the United Way’s Help Line at 937-225-3000.

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