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South Central Power donates $10,000 to keep kids warm

November 24, 2021

This year, thousands of children in Ohio will go without the warmth of a winter coat. In many cases, children skip school because they aren’t properly clothed. With even more kids in poverty due to the pandemic, there is greater need for kids’ coats and gloves this year. These essential items keep kids warm and safe when they are walking to school or waiting for the school bus when the weather turns frigid.

To help provide warm clothes for kids this winter, South Central Power Company is making $5,000 donations to two agencies in our service area.

Charity Newsies, Lancaster, Ohio

Charity Newsies in Lancaster raises funds to provide eligible children in Fairfield County with clothing vouchers that can be redeemed at the Lancaster Walmart. Families submit applications through the Fairfield County 2-1-1 Information and Referral Services. This school year, 600 eligible children received $150 vouchers.

“Charity Newsies started back in 1936 to provide food for needy families, and we’ve been providing clothes for children for more than 30 years,” says Jon Hale, secretary of the Charity Newsies. “We believe that children learn best when they are properly clothed, fed, and supplied.“

“We operate on donations, so every penny stays local,” says Colt Huffer, president of Charity Newsies. “Donations like the one from South Central Power are huge for us to be able to continue our mission.”

Kiwanis Club of Woodsfield, Monroe County, Ohio

Children in Monroe County have been warmer for the past 20+ winters thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Monroe County’s Coats for Kids program. Eligible students receive Walmart gift cards to use for coats, hats, gloves, and boots.

Ruth Workman, vice president and project coordinator for Coats for Kids, says 30% of the students enrolled in school in Monroe County will receive a gift card this year. “We will be helping 326 children in kindergarten through 8th grade this winter. We’ve been providing winter coats for more than 20 years, and unfortunately the numbers just keep growing.”

Because of COVID, the Kiwanis Club hasn’t been able to hold many fundraisers, which is the primary source of funding. “The grant from South Central Power is helping us tremendously cover the missed funds. This will help make sure our kids have the clothing they need while waiting for the bus.”

South Central Power Company President and CEO Rick Lemonds says that the contributions are a meaningful way to give back to the communities we serve, addressing a critical need. “We know that children living in poverty is an epidemic in many of our communities,” Lemonds notes. “This gives us an opportunity to put more funding in the hands of organizations that are truly making a difference.”

From the December 2021 issue of Ohio Cooperative Living.