Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon to host 2023 Coats for Kids program

The Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon is excited to partner again with Gault’s Plaza Cleaners in its annual Coats for Kids drive. During the month of October, gently used coats will be collected at various locations throughout Knox County.

Through Coats for Kids, the club asks individuals to donate new or gently used coats, with a preference for children’s coats. The coats will be cleaned by Gault’s Plaza Cleaners then taken to Interchurch Social Services and the Salvation Army to be distributed to children in need before winter arrives. Kiwanians will deliver boxes, donated by Mount Vernon Pak Mail, to 29 different partner locations in Knox County and accept donations October 1st through the 31st.

“Coats for Kids is one of my favorite projects that Kiwanis helps facilitate,” said Lisa Lloyd, President of Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon. “We collaborate with companies, schools, and organizations across the county to ensure that children can get a coat as temperatures turn colder. It truly takes the entire community to make this project successful.”

Interchurch and the Salvation Army are predicting that the need this year will be even greater than previous years. Salvation Army’s Captain Christine Moretz said “We have seen an increase to our food pantry and hot meal needs.  It would not be surprising to see the increased need for coats as well this coming winter season.”

Carolyn Fergus, Executive Director of Interchurch Social Services agreed, adding “Our numbers have doubled since the beginning of this year. There are so many families needing help making ends meet. A warm coat at no cost will go a long way to meet their needs.”

Kiwanis is dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. “Coats for Kids is just one of the ways that we can have a positive impact on the children of our community,” stated Lloyd.

Since 1987 there have been 19,226 coats donated, cleaned, and distributed through Coats for Kids. For more information, call Lisa Lloyd at 740-392-3270, ext. 2.

Drop off Locations:


Centerburg Elementary: 207 South Preston Street

Centerburg Middle/High School: 3782 Columbus Road

Park National Bank: 35 West Main Street


Danville Elementary/Middle School: 205 Rambo Street

Danville High School: 405 South Market Street

Park National Bank: 4 South Market Street


Fredericktown Elementary/Middle/High School: 111 Stadium Drive

Park National Bank: 137 North Main Street


Gambier Child Care Center (Head Start): 119 Meadow Lane

The Peoples Bank: 103 East Wiggin Street

Wiggin Street Elementary: 207 East Wiggin Street


East Knox Jr./Sr. High School: 23227 Coshocton Road


CES Credit Union: 1215 Yauger Road & 400 West Chestnut Street

Chamber of Commerce: 501 South Main Street

Gault’s Plaza Cleaners: Kroger Plaza, 855 Coshocton Road

Knox County Career Center: 306 Martinsburg Road

Knox County Head Start (Hew Hope Early Education): 11700 Upper Gilchrist Road

Knox County Service Center: 117 East High Street

Knox Technical Center: 308 Martinsburg Road

Mount Vernon City Schools

Columbia Elementary: 150 Columbus Road

Dan Emmett Elementary: 108 Mansfield Road

East Elementary: 714 East Vine Street

Mount Vernon High School: 300 Martinsburg Road

Mount Vernon Middle School: 298 Martinsburg Road

Pleasant Street Elementary: 305 East Pleasant Street

Twin Oak Elementary: 8888 Martinsburg Road

Park National Bank: 1 South Main & 810 Coshocton Avenue

Salvation Army of Mount Vernon: 206 East Ohio Avenue

The Peoples Bank: 11423 Upper Gilchrist Road

United Way of Knox County: 305 East High Street

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