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Rotary Club Winter Coat Drive Surpasses Goal Of 1,000 Coats For Keeping Kids Warm Project

The Rotary Club of Northwest Des Moines announces the distribution of 420 winter coats this season to help keep children warm during Iowa’s cold winter months. With the help of a matching Community Service Grant from Rotary International District 6000, the Rotary Club of Northwest Des Moines was able to expand its distribution to include children in the Urbandale Community School District, St. Pius Catholic School, West Des Moines Community School District and Des Moines Public Schools. Since 2014, Rotary Club of Northwest Des Moines has purchased and distributed 1,074 coats to children in need.

“Keeping Kids Warm is one of the many projects the Rotary Club does with the collective passion and purpose of Service Above Self and living our vision that we change the world and our community by educating, empowering, building bridges and serving across generations; one community at a time,” said Rotary Club of Northwest Des Moines Past President Brenda Auxier-Mailey.


Rotary Club 2017 Winter Coat Drive. Front Row: Dr. Keri Schlueter, UCSD Coordinator of Student Services and Tim Johnson, Master of Social Work intern at UHS from University of Iowa School of Social Work. Back Row: Michele Hamilton, UCSD Coordinator of Student, Family and Community Services; Christy Stroope, UCSD FFO; Brittany Cooley, UCSD FFO; and Tiffany Braxton, UCSD FFO.

Through a partnership with Operation Warm, a nonprofit organization that provides coats at a significant discount, Rotary Club was also able to purchase over 150 pairs of gloves for students in need. The mission of Operation Warm, to provide new winter coats to children in need, helping to improve self-confidence, peer acceptance, school attendance and overall wellness, is a natural fit for Rotary as both organizations are driven by a passion to serve and support those in need.


Rotary Club of Northwest Des Moines 2017 Winter Coat Drive. Rotary of NW DM Past President, Brenda Auxier-Mailey and Current President Leray Glendenning.

Urbandale Community School District is grateful for the partnership with Rotary Club of Northwest Des Moines, and is thankful for the generous donations of winter coats and gloves to students in need. These donations are paramount for the health and well-being of students throughout the metro and are sure to keep kids warm and ready to learn this winter.