Row 1, L-R: Margo Madden, Paul Brenner, President Pat Ward and Tim Genetti. 2nd Row, L-R: John Madden, Project Chair Megan Kennedy, Dave Haupt and Joe Lettiere sorted, packed and delivered coats for the Hazleton Rotary Club’s Annual Kidz Coatz Projet. Absent from Photo-Mary Ann Haupt and Pat Korb. Special thanks to CAN BE for allowing the club to use their facility.

Some needy children in the Greater Hazleton Area will be provided with new coats through the Hazleton Rotary Club Kidz Coatz Project which is sponsored and supported by The Hazleton Rotary Club Foundation. This project has been held annually since 2007.

Working with local retailers, brand new coats were purchased for children in need from all eight elementary/middle schools in the Hazleton Area School District. The coats are distributed to those children who are confidentially identified by their teachers.

Because of the economy, the number of children needing warm coats continues annually. Last year, the Hazleton Rotary Foundation provided over 350 coats for area children, and over 400 coats were distributed in November of 2010! This winter season more than 350 coats will be given to keep area children warm.

Coats are sorted and delivered to the area elementary and middle schools by members of the Rotary Club of Hazleton and their families. Coats will be delivered to the schools shortly.

“The Rotary Foundation is very happy to be working with the Rotary Club of Hazleton, which annually provides generous financial support to this project. It does truly make you feel good to know we are helping children keep warm to and from school and in their wintertime play.” comments Rotary Foundation President Lex Sloot. “We are very, very grateful to all those community members
who have donated to this project over the years—it has been truly awesome!”