Donation Update: Coats for Kids presented by The Karen Carns Foundation

May 07, 2015

Thanks to those that purchased shirts during this April campaign, we were able to send $25 to the Coats for Kids program presented by The Karen Carns foundation. 

Karen and Tom had experience with charitable fundraising as a result of founding "Carns's Coats for Kids" several years prior to this. In the fall of 1991, Tom received an unexpected bonus from work. He and Karen saw this as an opportunity to teach their children about the true meaning of Christmas.

Using this bonus, the family purchased new coats for the Saint Vincent DePaul Society to distribute. The children selected coats for other children who wore their same size, personalizing this giving experience. This was a quiet annual family event until 1998 when the Cincinnati Enquirer ran an article about the family’s project. At that point more people wanted to contribute to the coat fund and it became known as "Carns's Coats for Kids."

From this small beginning, "Carns' Coats For Kids" has purchased over 9,000 new children's coats that have been distributed through local schools and agencies. In 2014, the Karen Carns Foundation provided over 800 new coats through these agencies and schools: