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Just hours left to pledge donations to Coats for Kids

TYLER, TX (KLTV)- PATH's Coats for Kids drive ends today, and the organization is several thousand dollars short of their donation goal with just hours to go.

Each year Coats for Kids helps provide coats for hundreds of East Texas families who cannot afford to buy coats for their children.

This year they started allowing people to pledge donations online through a new web site called Help Fund It.

Path organizers said coat donations have been about average, and because of that the monetary donations are more important than ever.

"As far as pledge money is concerned, for coats, every dime of that money goes to buying a coat for a child," said Becky Duncan, PATH community outreach coordinator.

Becky Duncan said pledge money from Help Fund It allows PATH to buy coats from retailers at discount prices.

"We go and we find new coats that are in the sizes that we particularly do not have," she said.

Duncan said this year PATH is short on coats for children under age two... children like Doris Verdusco's three-month-old.

"It can be a lot of help. Kids that don't have them really really appreciate it,"  Doris said.

Doris said if it weren't for coats for kids, she doesn't know what her family would do.
Three-year-old Andrew doesn't have a jacket right now, "Jacket? ....oh..," he said.

"They don't have jackets. They're going to get their jackets and they're going to be very happy about it. At least having one," Doris said.

And while Andrew has two more weeks to wait for his coat, he hopes there is one waiting with his name on it.

"Bye! Thank you for everything," he said.

PATH said often times families who use their services can't afford heat in the winter.
So these coats don't just keep kids warm outside, but in their beds at night too.

If you've donated directly through PATH, and not through the Help Fund It web site, then your donations have already been received.

It is just Help Fund It pledges that they need to increase by midnight tonight.

To help PATH reach their goal, you can pledge a donation HERE.

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