Every year around Christmas, some 200 children in Hopkinsville and Christian County go shopping for new coats, hats and gloves purchased with donations from hundreds of Kentucky New Era readers and others who support Warm the Children. This year marks the 20th campaign, which helps parents who cannot afford this basic need for their sons and daughters.

The New Era established Warm the Children in 1995, and today we are partners in the effort with the Kiwanis Club, The Salvation Army and JC Penney.

Approximately $280,000 has been raised since that first year, and it appears Warm the Children will surpass $300,000 in total donations this year. It is a milestone that would not be possible without the support of many generous people.

Donation envelopes are inserted in today’s newspaper and may be mailed to Warm the Children in care of the New Era, P.O. Box 729, Hopkinsville, KY 42241. Anyone who wants to give may also stop by our office at 1618 E. Ninth St.

For many of the children we help, the winter garments will be the nicest gifts they receive this Christmas.

No donation is too small. If you are able to give a few dollars, we hope you will consider how your gift can help local families who appreciate the help. Perhaps you are a member of a club or a Sunday school class that will consider a donation to Warm the Children. You can also help us by spreading the word. Tell your friends and neighbors about Warm the Children.

We’ll publish several updates on the campaign in the coming weeks.

Our partners in Warm the Children are responsible for ensuring this is an efficient and meaningful campaign. Kiwanians raise money and provide volunteers who accompany children when they shop for their new clothes. The Salvation Army makes us aware of families who need help, and the JC Penney store provides the merchandise at a fair price. 

Good things happen when good people join forces. That’s how Warm the Children started, and that’s how it continues to flourish today.

Kentucky New Era editorials are the consensus opinion of the editorial board, which includes Publisher Taylor W. Hayes, Opinion Editor Jennifer P. Brown and Editor Eli Pace.

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