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Organizers collect cold-weather gear for foster kids

Organizers collect cold-weather gear for foster kids (WKRC)
Organizers collect cold-weather gear for foster kids (WKRC)
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CINCINNATI (Perry Schaible) - Imagine a day where the temperatures are below freezing and you have to wait outside for the bus or walk to school with no cold-weather gear.

That's the situation for thousands of foster children in the Tri-State.

A local woman has partnered with Sibcy Cline in an effort to change that.

For the second year, business woman Julie Whitney has started a collection drive for children in need.

Last year, more than 10,000 suitcases were donated for children being served by the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services.

The original goal was just 1,200. So, organizers were able to help out kids in Indiana, Northern Kentucky and parts of Dayton.

This year they're asking for new gloves, hats, mittens and scarves that can be dropped off at any Sibcy Cline location between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Moira Weir, Director of Hamilton County Job & Family Services said, "Many of our kids don't have anything. To get a new pair of gloves or a hat or scarf, it just means a lot to a child that may never have had gloves, a hat, particularly something that is new. It's gonna get colder out, so we know these kids will be able to use it, so we're really grateful."

"There's such good sales going on right now, you can pick up a cartload of hats, mittens, gloves, and scarves probably at 50 percent off," Whitney said.

Tags must still be on all donated items.

The items will be given to the children throughout the drive, not just at the end. So, any time is a great time to give.

The collection continues through February 13th.

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