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Kind Wichitans Place Donated Clothes on Downtown Statues

If Wichita is known for one thing, it’s kindness. Visitors from all over the world cite the hospitality they receive as the first thing they notice when they arrive here. This treatment isn’t reserved for visitors, though, and that’s what’s so cool about it. If you’ve lived in the Wichita area (or in the midwest) your whole life, you probably don’t bat an eye at the use of the words "please" and "thank you" or doors held open by strangers. That’s how it’s always been. Wichita is a kind and caring community, and residents experience that every day. As the weather gets colder, that kindness takes shape in a whole new way. 

Winter Donation Drives

In a giving community like Wichita, it's no surprise that donation drives are held all over the city during the winter months. Through organizations like Spangles (coats), Reddi Industries (toys) and many more, these drives allow those who are able to give back the opportunity to do so, and they allow provisions for those in need. What is surprising to some, however, is the initiative taken by many kind-hearted Wichitans who take it upon themselves to donate in their own way. 

Donated Coats on Downtown Statues

If you’ve ever driven through downtown in the winter and noticed a coat, hat or scarf on one of the many bronze statues that line the streets, you’ve seen this donation in progress. Many citizens will place their unneeded winter clothing on the statues so that those without sufficient winterwear can take them.

Of those that donate this way, some even knit hats and scarves specifically for this type of donation, allowing those in need to have something warm, original and made with love. In addition to adding a special, personal touch to the items being donated, this concept offers even more benefits to those on the receiving end of the donation.

By simply placing the clothing on the statues downtown, donors allow the recipients of the donations to accept them quickly, easily and without embarrassment or intimidation. 

Local Coat Drives

If you're looking for more places to donate extra coats, there are plenty of options.

In The Bag Cleaners

In the Bag will participate in the Salvation Army's Warm Hearts program now through the end of January.

Accepting coats, sweaters, blankets, gloves, mittens and scarves, In the Bag offers a dropoff location at each of its 15 Wichita locations.

As a thank you for your donation, you'll receive a 30 percent off coupon for your next dry cleaning or laundry order. Warm up on the inside and the outside this winter by giving at In the Bag Cleaners! learn more here

Even More

InterFaith Ministries accepts donations online and in person at 829 N. Market. InterFaith runs three homeless shelters, 104 low-cost apartments, a summer lunch program for children and Operation Holiday, so donations of all kinds can be used year round! To learn more about Interfaith Ministries, click here

The Wichita Childrens' Home notes on the wishlist on its website that they could use winter coats in both child and adult sizes. The Wichita Childrens' home provides emergency temporary residential shelter to children and young adults in our community. Serving children from infancy to age 22, the Wichita Childrens' Home served 1,600 children last year. 

The United Methodist Open Door's Klothes Kloset provides in-need infants, children and adults free clothing. All of the clothing at the Klothes Kloset is in good condition, clean and gently used. The clothing is supplied by donations from individuals, businesses and others. To donate to the Klothes Kloset, click here.


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