Warm smiles thanks to successful coat drive

JACKSON, Wyo. – Resounding success of a winter coat drive has Wyoming residents smiling warmly.

According to Central Wyoming College of Jackson[CWC] generous response by the Jackson Hole community resulted in a school bus filled to the brim with winter supplies, funds and “Big 5” gear such as coats, hats, gloves, pants and boots for children and students of the Wind River Indian Reservation[WRIR].

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to support these students and their families and hope the generosity of our community warms hearts during these cold months ahead,” said High Country Linens Service owner and coat drive donor, Mark Barron.

Lisa Samford and Melanie Judd of Jackson Wild, who work directly with Shoshoni and Apraphoe children, first presented idea to Susan Durfee, Director of CWC Jackson and the resulting outreach for the drive inspired many Jackson Hole businesses and organizations to get involved.

Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club donated new and gently used winter outerwear for children of various ages. Pearl Street Bagels donated proceeds from a day of sales, raising $534 dollars to be used in the CWC Student Emergency Fund for WRIR students attending CWC. And High Country Linen Service provided 50 sets of new sheets for WRIR students staying at Teton Science School’s Kelly Campus this past week to use and take home.

CWC works closely with the WRIR’s residents of all ages to provide opportunities across Wyoming. Mutual support and open communication will hopefully continue to build on recent efforts and outreach, including the winter coat drive.

“Children should be able to thrive during our Wyoming winter months through education and play,” said CWC Director Susan Durfee. “Proper winter clothing plays a major role in that ability.”

“We are so humbled and honored by our community and we cannot thank Teton County, Jackson Wild, Pearl Street Bagels, JH Ski & Snowboard Club and High Country Linen Service enough for their generosity,”  she said.

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