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Local coat drive for kids yields record breaking donations

Posted at 9:46 PM, Dec 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-02 23:02:00-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The organization "The Map of Texas" collected coats for kids last week.
Last Monday, we first told you about their efforts to collect 400 coats and today, they began handing them out.

“Some of these children don't have any coats at all so this is like a blessing to them,” said Liz Contreras, Prospera Housing Community Services.

The mountain of coats is proof the drive was a huge success, now the coats are being sorted and distributed to kids around the community.

Liz Contreras works with the Prospera Housing Community, an affordable housing program that helps find families a safe and affordable place to live.

And with their partnership with Map of Texas, Prospera will be dispersing the coats.

“We’ll get together with the property manager and they know the families that are in most need of them, they will call them in to come and try them on and see which one fits,” said Contreras.

Solomon Ortiz Jr. says this is the 6th year Map of Texas hosted a coat drive, and everyone who donated helped break a record.

Between donated and purchased items, over 400 children will have a jacket to keep them warm this winter.

“Thanks to the generosity of Herman & Herman and his $5000 donation most of the coats or at least 90 percent are going to be brand new,” said Ortiz. “As you can see still have their tags on them so we're really excited.”

Prospera has 14 affordable housing community centers in Corpus Christi, Robstown, and Kingsville, which is where they'll be sending the coats to so that staff can start handing them out to families.

Herman & Herman (1201 3rd St, Corpus Christi, TX 78404) will also continue taking coat donations until December 14.