A local organization is already thinking about the upcoming frigid KELOLAND winter. That’s because Kidz-N-Coats gives away free coats to children in need in the Sioux Falls area. On Aug. 24, the group is hosting its 10th annual golf classic but they’re still in need of sponsors and teams.
It’s a beautiful time of year for some golf, but we all know this weather doesn’t last forever. That’s why Pastor Isaac Schmeling from Harvest Church is hoping to raise money for winter coats through a golf tournament. Those brand new coats will go to kids in need thanks to an organization run by the church called Kidz-N-Coats.
“To see them get excited over something that we would see as maybe a small thing can’t make you happier. You see kids crying, excited, jumping up. It’s their own thing. There’s nothing better than to say, ‘This is mine.’ Nobody else has worn it,” Schmeling said.
This past year, Kidz-N-Coats teamed up with KELOLAND Media Group for a special giveaway.
“They came to us a year ago and wanted to get involved with Keep KELOLAND Warm. They were already giving away new coats and they wanted a better distribution channel. We were able to provide that with Keep KELOLAND Warm,” KELOLAND Media Group Director of Marketing & Creative Services Paul Farmer said.
Kidz-N-Coats is hoping to build on that partnership.
Last year they raised enough money at the golf tournament to hand out more than 700 brand new coats. This year, they’re shooting for 1,000.
“Every dollar goes to buying coats. We have no paid staff or anything like that. Every single dollar goes to buying coats for kids,” Schmeling said.
The best way to help out is to sponsor the event or put a team together to play some golf for a good cause.
“The way I look at it is every team buys about 10 coats. So our goal is to get about 100 players or more so that we have the opportunity to buy as many coats as possible,” Schmeling said.
On top of new coats, the organization also hands out hats and gloves to kids in the community.