2017 Coats for Kids drive an absolute success

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Coats For Kids 2017 was an absolute success!

With your help, 1,149 coats were donated, and $14,313 was raised for the Forgotten Child Fund.

Thank you for your generosity!

"It's just a good thing to do. They need it. They don't have a way to get it any other way," Chattanooga resident Avery McHouston said.

Avery McHouston says he and his wife will both be making trips down here to Hamilton Place Mall to donate coats for kids.

All the donations benefit the Forgotten Child Fund.

Please take some time today to stop by our booth near Abuelo's Mexican restaurant at Hamilton Place Mall, until 7 p.m., to drop off a coat for a kid in need.

"I think it's going to make a real nice Christmas for some children, and that's what it's all about, for the children," Mary Readus said as she dropped off coats Thursday.

Chattanooga police are even making sure the coats can be dropped off without a hassle.

"Just pull in either entrance. Pull through up to the stop, grab the coats or the cash donations or checks, whatever you wanna give, and we'll take those and you'll be right on your way. It only takes a couple of seconds," Chattanooga Police Lieutenant Austin Garrett said.

Go here to meet one 3-year-old boy who will be benefiting from the drive.

Many of the workers have been out in the cold setting up since 5 a.m.

And, as colder weather continues to creep in, the need to donate is greater than ever.

"Just walk outside today in a T-shirt and stand there about 15 minutes and that's what it's like if you don't have a coat. It'll get cold real quick," Clay Ingle with Forgotten Child Fund said.

As coats continue to fill the bins, the spirit of giving is filling people's hearts.

Tom Nickell also dropped off coats Thursday. He said the outpouring of support says a lot about the people of Hamilton County and how they feel about kids in need.

"I think it shows that you've got a good community spirit and that we care of them," Nickell said.

This is the fourth year NewsChannel 9 has partnered with the Forgotten Child Fund.

For those who have a child who needs a winter coat, sign up by December 15th to take advantage of this coats for kids drive. Just go to

Thank you to everyone who is helping, including the Chattanooga Police and Fire Departments!

A man donated $1,000 to the Forgotten Child Fund!

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