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Coats for Kids receives historic donation

Updated: Thursday, December 19 2013, 07:17 PM EST

By: Erica Mokay, NEWS9


Coats for Kids is a long-standing charitable tradition for the Salvation Army, WTOV9 and the entire Ohio Valley.
And one donation will allow even more local children to feel the warmth this season.
About four weeks ago, officials with the MarkWest Utica Fractionating Plant decided it was time to give back to the community that welcomed them to the area about a year ago.
Ed Gribbin, the safety coordinator at the plant, said that everyone jumped in and participated.
"It shows that everybody cares. Outside of the work that's being done here, everybody does care for the community and wants every kid to be warm," said Gribbin.
Their original goal of $5,000 was quickly surpassed thanks to six contractors, a handful of subcontractors and countess employees.

"Well, then I come up with a new goal, $10,000, and then we surpassed that, and then we come up with $12,000 and $13,000. So it's very exciting. It really is," said Gribbin.

The Grand total? $15,396.93.
It marks the biggest donation in Coats for Kids history.

On Thursday morning at the Harrison County facility, officials presented a check to a representative from the Salvation Army, the Harrison County Help Me Grow organization and WTOV9.

It is money that will go a long way in making someone's winter warmer, said Capt. Steven Griffin, of the Jefferson County Salvation Army.

"You can't help but have a really great feeling and a wonderful feeling about being able to help somebody, especially kids, to help kids stay warm. You see them standing on corners waiting for buses and knowing that they are going to be in a warm coats and that you had a part in helping them do that... It does give you a great feeling," said Griffin.

"To have such generosity and for them just to open their hearts and open their wallets and just really help everybody in need. It's just amazing," said Lisa Trushel, of the Help Me Grow organization.

Griffin went on to say, "A simple thank you doesn't sound like much, but it's the best that we can do, and it is greatly appreciated not only by us but by the community and by the different organizations that do Coats for Kids."

So far, Coats for Kids has raised close to $50,000.

For donations, please sent a check to:
Sinclair Relief Fund
Box 9999 Red Donely Plaza
Steubenville, Ohio 43952

Please note "Coats for Kids" in the memo line.

Coats for Kids receives historic donation

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