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Free Coats, Transportation to Assist NKY Families in Need

St. Vincent de Paul - Northern Kentucky will distribute new and gently used coats and other winter wear to local families in need in January.

The organization announced Friday that it would provide the coats from January 5-9, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Life Learning Center in Covington and Cristo Rey Church in Florence.

The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky, St. Henry District High School, and Welcome House of Northern Kentucky will provide free transportation to the Life Learning Center.

“We wanted to try a different approach this year in order to assist even more people than in the past. Partnering with these organizations will go a long way to serve our community,” said Jack Alig, president of St. Vincent de Paul at the Cathedral Basilica in Covington.

TANK will make routes 7, 8, and 33 free during event hours for people to ride to the Life Learning Center. 

“TANK touches the community every day by providing a much needed transportation link to jobs and community services, such as the coat distribution event. TANK is proud to partner with St. Vincent de Paul to provide free transportation on select routes for this event,” said TANK deputy general manager Gina Douthat.  

In addition to TANK routes, St. Henry District High School’s van will run between the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky and the Life Learning Center. Welcome House will also provide transportation to and from the Life Learning Center.

Scarf It Up For Those In Need has again donated additional hats, gloves/mittens, and scarves this year.  

“The partnership we experience as part of this effort is amazing. We have families who struggle to keep their children’s bellies full and their homes safe and warm. By providing a winter coat, we are helping these families with one less worry, one less expense for the winter season,” said Executive Director Karen Zengel.

St. Vincent de Paul distributed nearly one thousand coats to children and adults last year.

This year, the organization has already distributed more than 650 coats ahead of the January event.

To receive a coat, you must bring some form of ID for each adult, proof of guardianship of children (birth certificates, medical cards, Social Security cards, or court documents.) Everyone wishing to receive a coat must be present.

To volunteer in Northern Kentucky or for coat distribution questions, contact Victoria Peterson at 859.446.7721 or email [email protected]

-Staff report