The Kalamazoo Jaycees are proud to announce our 2010 beneficiary for the Ghosts of Kalamazoo Historic Tour: Warm Kids.
In the past two years, the Ghosts of Kalamazoo have raised nearly $7,000 for this organization, and we couldn’t have had a better partner. We’re proud to continue this partnership in 2010, and both the Kalamazoo Jaycees and Warm Kids sincerely thank the community for their generous support.
Warm Kids is a Kalamazoo-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing new coats, boots, hats and mittens for children identified by their elementary school staff as being in need. Infants and preschool children identified by local agencies also receive snowsuits, coats and boots.
The organization got its start in 1986, and in the last 20 years, they have served an average of 800 children annually – and still can’t meet all the requests that come in.
Warm Kids purchases only new, first-quality garments. These are quality items that can last through several years wear and can even be passed on to another child or sibling.
Warm Kids is funded through donations from caring individuals and organizations. The purchasing power of donations is maximized through the teamwork of over 70 volunteers, donated distribution space, and special wholesale buying arrangements with local businesses.
For every $45 raised by the Ghosts of Kalamazoo Historic Tour (approximately seven tickets sold), we enable Warm Kids to provide one new coat, sturdy boots, hat and gloves to a child this November.