When the weather turns cold, children need warm coats and the Rotary Club of Kirkland made sure that over 100 kids from John Muir elementary school had theirs. The beginning of October, volunteers from The Rotary Club of Kirkland unloaded and arranged winter coats for boys and girls in need at the gymnasium at John Muir Elementary School. When the children and their parents arrived, volunteers assisted finding the right size for each child, then helped them pick out a style they liked.
The coats are purchased from Operation Warm, a non-profit organization operated by a fellow Rotarian in Pennsylvania that works with manufacturers to provide high-quality unused coats to underprivileged children across the United States.
This is a favorite of many of the local Rotary Volunteers who enjoy working with the children to find just the right coat for the school year. Elizabeth Rusnak had this to say, “There are so many children in need right here in our own community. I'm so glad to be a member of the Kirkland Rotary Club and to be part of a group that does what it can to help meet some of the needs of those children. The smiles of the children as they selected their new winter coats were confirmation that our efforts are so valuable. And thank you to the staff at John Muir Elementary for their hard work coordinating this event.”
Rotary Club of Kirkland has been active in the Kirkland community for 75 years and raises money for this, and other projects, with their annual Duck Dash currently run in August. The club meets every Monday night at 6:30 pm at the Woodmark Hotel at Carillon Point. Please join us!