Jackson County, North Carolina is nestled in the southern Appalachians. The land is pristine and often called "God's Country." It is a rural county with seasonal economic employment for the many that call this place home. People who are living in Jackson County below poverty level in 2009-2013 was 21.8%. That is above the nation average of 17%. 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 4 children in WNC are food insecure. 27% of children in WNC are food insecure.
With the rising cost of food, clothing, electric bills, and the cost of living, more and more families are having a hard time figuring out how to just "get by." Coats for Kids of Jackson County, a non-profit now in 7th year, helps families by providing warm winter items, new socks and new undies, shoes, diapers and wipes, and "food only" gift certificates to a local grocery store. Below is Coats for Kids of Jackson County Public Service Announcement:
The 7th Annual Coats for Kids of Jackson County Coat and Warm Clothing Drive kicked off Tuesday, Sept. 1. The drive is seeking new and gently used coats, hats, gloves, warm clothing, and shoes; new undies, socks, diapers and wipes are also needed. Sizes in clothing areas can range from newborn to adult XL. With Jackson County being a seasonal economical county, most jobs are from April to October, some parents and guardians have to choose either to pay a light bill, put food on the table, or purchase warm clothing for their child. Coats for Kids of Jackson County helps ensure that local children get the items they need to stay warm in the winter. Items can be dropped off at Sylva Wal-Mart, Cullowhee United Methodist Church, and Sylva Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store through October 31. Coats for Kids of Jackson County, in addition to providing warm items for children, also hopes to bless families with "food only" grocery gift certificates. Donations can be mailed to Coats for Kids of Jackson County, PO Box 164, Cullowhee NC 28723. The organization is a non-profit, working closely with local businesses, churches, and private individuals to help ensure local children stay warm this winter.
If you have questions or would like to have more info please email the Director Christy Rowe at email@example.com or call Coats for Kids of Jackson County office number 828-293-3678. Distribution day is set for Saturday, November 7th, Sylva United Methodist Church, 8 am- noon for any family, parent or guardian, in Jackson County who needs warm winter items for their children. Thank you for your time and consideration on this matter. Money raised from this on-line fundraiser will go to help local families in Jackson County either in the form of warm winter items or "food only" grocery gift cards. Last year we helped over 500 children and their parents/guardians and we anticipate double the amount of families will come out to distribution day this November 7th . Please consider donating to help ensure local children in Jackson County, NC stay warm this winter. Every little bit helps as we try to reach as many families as possible through this drive. Please help spread the word. Thank you. Blessings, Coats for Kids of Jackson County http://www.jacksonnc.org/geography.html http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/37/37099.html