It's hard to imagine facing an Iowa winter without a warm coat. Sadly, some area youngsters could be confronted with just that prospect in these difficult economic times.
Fortunately, however, through the combined efforts of Shimkat Motors and the Community Health Center of Fort Dodge many of these young folks will have warm outer garments and other seasonal attire as the colder days ahead arrive.
This joint project - called Coats for Kids - accepts donations of new and gently used winter coats, along with hats, scarves, mittens and snow boots. Community members wishing to help can bring items to be donated to the Shimkat showroom at 3126 Fifth Ave. S., where donors can help fill the back of a minivan with winter gear, or to the Community Health Center, 126 N. 10th St.
Shimkat and CHCFD previously had similar but separate coat drives. Since last year they have partnered to make this important initiative even more effective.
The garment giveaway will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 15 in the former Joselyn Office Supply building at 118 N. 10th St., next door to the Community Health Center. To sign up for a coat or for more information on how to donate, contact Shana Flatgard, CHCFD communication coordinator, at 576-6500.
The Messenger applauds this worthy endeavor and urges community members to give it the strongest possible support.