E&H-Sponsored Coat Drive Hopes to Meet “Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Needs” of Eastern Kentucky


Coats for Kentucky, a coat drive led by multiple E&H organizations, hopes to provide aid to people in Eastern Kentucky during the cold months ahead. Photo courtesy of Leah Wilson, coordinator of civic life at the Appalachian Center for Civic Life.

Guest Contributor, Mikayla McCray

The Appalachian Center for Civic Life, Bonner Scholars Program, Office of Spiritual life, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) are operating a coat drive that plans to donate apparel to areas of eastern Kentucky over fall break, which takes place Oct. 7-10.

Coats For Kentucky will collect new winter coats, sizes 3T to 3XL, until October 4th. Donation drop-boxes are placed throughout the campus including at: The Appalachian Center, The McPherson Center, Room 201 in the Chapel, near the Kitchen Closet in Van Dyke, Brooks Field House, and the King Center.

Dr. Saundra Farmer, founding chair of the department of nursing and lead faculty member of the Coats for Kentucky drive, stated, “The goal of this coat drive is to enable Emory & Henry College to assist individuals who are less fortunate than we are and to also develop a relationship with the church there. We want to find ways we can help meet their physical, mental, and spiritual needs.”

Members of some of the organizations involved in Coats for Kentucky look forward to the service opportunity provided. This is an opportunity for organizations to come together to help others in need.

“FCA has boxes up around campus to collect the coats, and members will actually be going to Kentucky to drop the coats off,” Michaela Fiscus, a Women’s Basketball team member and FCA member, states. “This drive is really cool because we get to help those in need by doing something as simple as donating a coat. I am excited to see how many people this drive will help.”