Rotary club donates $10,000 of winter clothing to schools in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – As winter weather continues to creep into Kansas State, a local group in Wichita is doing something to help students who might need some extra protection from the cold.

The Downtown Rotary Club stopped by several Wichita-area schools on Thursday, handing out coats, gloves and hats to students. The winter clothing was made possible through donations and will go to Title One schools in Wichita.

Nicki Vossman, principal of Kelly Elementary, said cost is often a factor when preparing kids for winter.

“We have a lot of students with big families, but sometimes some of these items can be pricey,” Vossman said. “And especially with the cold weather we are having at the moment, it is a blessing for them and for our children.”

Rotary club member Doug Stark says they saw a need and wanted to do something about it.

“They can’t buy the kids’ coats, and they seem to come to school, you just know (shuddering),” Stark said. “And it’s just, it has to be different.” And we try to do that.

The Rotary club has purchased $10,000 worth of coats and other winter items, which will be donated to schools to go into their emergency closets, where they will be distributed to students.