Every Northeast Ohioan knows that the most important thing to get you through the long winters here is a warm coat (and a positive attitude!) This week, students at Harrison Elementary each won the winter lottery as Coats for Kids Cleveland provided a new coat for each of the 369 students at the school.
The donation was made possible by a large donation from the Figgie Foundation to Coats for Kids Cleveland. Harry E. Figgie, Jr., and his wife, Nancy Furst Figgie started the foundation to give back to the needy. The Figgies both attended Lakewood City Schools and Harry Figgie is in the District’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. The Figgies’ son, Matthew, before he died unexpectedly in September, had approached Coats for Kids about donating to a Lakewood school.
Half of the school received their coats on Monday and the rest will receive theirs on Wednesday. Volunteers from Coats for Kids, iHeartMedia and the clothing chain Altar'd State were on hand to help the students find the perfect size and color. Whether it was the jacket in Ohio State colors or the pretty lavender one, each child left with the coat picked out just for them.
Thank you to Coats for Kids and The Figgie Foundation for bringing such joy to Harrison!