Recently the Macedon team dropped off 170 coats, 86 pairs of gloves, and 43 winter hats at two Fairfax County Elementary Schools. Thanks to Office Manager David Fletcher—who started the Macedon Coat Drive in 2018—enough money was raised to provide these warm coats to low-income students.
Fairfax County Public Schools Title I Schools receive extra support and additional donations for winter coats through other County agencies. Still, it’s often not enough to provide all children with the safety of warm winter gear.
In November, David set up the fundraiser with the goal of raising $3000 before the Winter break. A donation box for gently used and new winter clothing was also put out to support this initiative. In December, to finish strong, several team members matched donations, resulting in surpassing the goal by $730.
The coats were purchased via Operation Warm, a non-profit who manufactures their own line of high-quality coats made just for kids.
“There is a real need for children’s winter coats in our local community, and our coat drive made it easy to make a difference and spread much-needed warmth,” said David, “It’s great to see my colleagues coming together to help the children in local elementary schools, I’m thankful to everyone who donated!”