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'Kids Helping Kids' Bring the Heat

Editor's Note: This article was written and submitted by Pam Robinson.

Kids and adults gathered Wednesday to launch a coat distribution program in Nassau County.

More than one hundred children attended the ninth annual “Making a Warmth of Difference” Coat and Winter Apparel Drive, organized by Kids Helping Kids.  Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto and scores of other leaders gathered at Oheka Castle in Huntington to celebrate the organization's efforts.

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Founded in 1997 to encourage children under age 18 to get involved in philanthropy, Kids Way, Inc. has collected more than 6,000 brand-new coats and winter apparel to be donated to the Nassau County Department of Social Services, The Mary Brennan INN, the Education & Assistance Corporation, Circulo de la Hispanidad, and The Salvation Army.

Founded in 1997 to encourage children under age 18 to get involved in philanthropy, Kids Way, Inc. has collected more than 6,000 brand-new coats and winter apparel to be donated to the Nassau County Department of Social Services, The Mary Brennan INN, the Education & Assistance Corporation, Circulo de la Hispanidad, and The Salvation Army.

“This coat drive is especially important this year, while so many families are still suffering through the effects of Hurricane Sandy," Mangano said. "I am pleased that Nassau County can join Kids Way in this effort.”

During the 2012 holiday season, Kids Way, Inc. will deliver more than $400,000 in new coats, fleece, sweaters, hats, gloves, pajamas through the “Making a Warmth of Difference” program, and has distributed more than $1.4 million in apparel since its inception.

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