FLINT, Michigan -- A grant from the Child Welfare Society of Flint is helping Crossover Downtown Outreach Ministry
continue its free winter coat program this winter.
“These are brand new coats that have never been worn, so we know they’re warm and thick and high-quality,” said Elisabeth Hamilton, development officer, for Crossover. “We want to make sure kiddoes stay warm and dry this winter.”
Crossover’s coat program began in 1991, with the Child Welfare Society of Flint providing funding since 2015. The free coats are available for children under the age of 18 between now and March 31, while supplies last. In order to receive a coat, clients must bring Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) paperwork showing proof that the child lives in the home with them. If MDHHS paperwork isn’t available, clients can call Crossover at (810) 234-2479.
Coats are always important during Michigan winters, but they’re even more vital during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the few safe ways for people to gather in small groups or socialize is to do so outside, so providing a coat gives kids more ability to get exercise or even interact from a safe distance with others.
“Every year, having a coat is important,” Hamilton said. “But this winter, with it being the only way to get out of the house safely, we really want to be able to get kids out to exercise as much as we can and still have experiences of being a kid and playing in the snow while still staying warm.”
Crossover is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. They also accept monetary donations as well as gently used clothing, new household items, and non-perishable food items. More information about their services and how to support them is available online