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Action News teams up with Tropical Smoothie for Coats for Kids

Action News teams up with Tropical Smoothie for Coats for Kids

CREATED Oct 2, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- This year’s Coats for Kids campaign is officially underway.

The announcement was made Wednesday by Dina Mitchell, area developer and marketing director for Tropical Smoothie Cafe and Jim Prather, executive vice president and general manager of KTNV-TV, who urged Southern Nevada residents to donate gently used or new coats to children who have none.

The donations can be dropped off at most Tropical Smoothie locations in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Pahrump in Coats for Kids donation boxes inside the stores.

The donated coats will be professionally cleaned by Al Phillips The Cleaner and Thrift DLux Cleaners, then distributed by The Salvation Army.Tropical Smoothie is proud to once again partner with Channel 13 for the Coats for Kids campaign.

"We believe in giving back to the community and there is no better way to do that than by helping our kids," Mitchell said.

"This year, with the economy still rebounding from years of recession, the need is greater than ever," Prather said. "As we do every year, we hope to help as many kids as possible to have a warm winter."

The Coats for Kids drive was started in Southern Nevada 14 years ago by community volunteer Harriet Bernard.

"Without great community partners like Tropical Smoothie Cafe Dina Mitchell, Harriet Bernard, The Salvation Army and others, it wouldn't be possible to do this each year", Prather added. "A big thank you to everyone involved with the project."

Coats can be dropped off until Nov. 3.