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Rotary Coats for Kids program seeks community help
by BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Feb 17, 2013 | 686 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CAR REGISTRATION and food sales are the two main ways the Bountiful Rotary raises funds for the program. 
Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
CAR REGISTRATION and food sales are the two main ways the Bountiful Rotary raises funds for the program. Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
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BOUNTIFUL —  Thanks to the Bountiful Rotary Club, kids all across south Davis are staying warm this winter.

The Bountiful City Council has designated February as Coats for Kids Month, honoring the local Rotary Club program that raises money to supply coats, boots and mittens for needy kids in the area. 

After supplying $31,000 in winter gear to get kids through this winter, the club is already hard at work on the car show that will raise funds for next winter’s coats.

“The car show has grown so much,” said John May, a member of the club. “It’s a blessing, but it’s also been a challenge.”

The show, held Father’s Day weekend at Bountiful City Park and along Main Street, uses donations, sponsorships and volunteer help to channel as much money as possible into the Coats for Kids program. The money is then used to purchase Kmart vouchers that are distributed to local elementary schools. 

“Principals and teachers do the screening,” said Chris Simonsen, another member of the group. “As far as the kids know, the coats and boots come from the parents.”

Residents can help support the program in a variety of ways, including purchasing food at the car show. Since the vendors donate as much of their time and food as they can, any profits earned from food sales go straight to the coats. 

“We raised $10,000 in food purchases on Friday night, and $7,000 on Saturday,” said Paul Morrell, a member of the Bountiful Rotary.

With the car show’s growth, however, vendors can no longer donate enough to cover all their costs. To help with this, Rotary members are asking local families or businesses to help sponsor the food court. 

Residents can also help purchase coats by registering a classic car for the show. In addition to getting display space, all cars will take part in the parade Friday night. 

“We’ve already had cars register,” said Morrell. “And some of them donated extra money in addition to the fees.”

For more information on sponsoring the car show food court, call May at 801-856-9897. To volunteer to help at the car show or to register a vehicle, visit bountifulcruisin.com and click on the “Questions” link on the left. 

“We want the community to feel ‘Hey, it’s not just Rotary,’” said Bountiful Rotary member Carl Creer. “It’s all of Bountiful working together.”

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