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President Yates And The Louisville Metro Council Seek Donations For A Special Holiday Coat Drive For Louisville Metro Children

The holiday season is a reminder that the coldness of winter is at hand. In the cold months ahead, there are children in Metro Louisville in need of a warm coat or jacket.

The Louisville Metro Council is encouraging every person and business in Louisville Metro to join the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council and United Auto Workers and donate a new coat or jacket to a child in need.

“This is the season of giving and there are children in our area who need our help in staying warm this winter,” says President David Yates (D-25). “I am asking every business in our city to join our efforts this holiday. I thank the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council and the UAW for partnering with the entire Metro Council to help our community.”

The goal of the coat drive is to accept as many new coats for children as possible.

The Greater Louisville Central Labor Council and the UAW are partnering with the Louisville Metro Council with a donation of 100 new puffer jackets to be distributed to children throughout our community. Craig and Landreth Cars, Miller Transportation, Shirley’s Way, ESPN Radio 680 Louisville and Miss Jefferson County Scholarship Organization, Inc. have been working together to purchase additional new coats to contribute to this community effort.

Greater Louisville Central Labor Council President and local chapter of the United Auto Workers President Todd Dunn says, “In our community, too many families have a large problem fulfilling the basic need of warmth. This problem is larger than any one of us, that’s why our union family is proud to do our part and join together to provide warmth and a little Christmas spirit.”

On Tuesday, December 19th at 10:00am in the 3rd Floor Council Chambers of Historic City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson Street, the Metro Council will welcome representatives from each of the businesses and organizations to stand together and to distribute the donated coats to representatives from Jefferson County Public Schools. Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio will accept the donated coats and ensure they are given to the students of JCPS schools that need them the most.

“On behalf of JCPS students and their families, I’d like to thank Council President Yates and the Louisville Metro Council for donating coats to our students in need,” said JCPS Acting Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio. “These coats will go directly to our students who need them the most. We know that when students have their basic needs met, they are more likely to attend school and be engaged in the classroom.”

After December 19th, the Metro Council will continue to accept new coats. All donations should be addressed to the Office of the President and can be dropped off on the first floor of City Hall.

For more information on how to donate a coat or be a part of the December 19th event, please contact President David Yates’ office at 502-574-1125 or via email at

The Metro Council thanks all of the great businesses and organizations working together to help the children in our community.

Mike Mulrooney with Shirley’s Way:

“Shirley’s Way is 100% behind the Metro Council and President Yates and will collect as many new coats from our Shirley’s Way family to help make sure all kids in our community stay warm this year.”

Greg Miller with Miller Transportation:

“We are especially thankful to be given this opportunity to support our city. Miller Transportation is a local, family-owned business. We will do everything we can to support the children in our community.”

Chris Hiser with Craig & Landreth Cars:

“When our friend David Yates contacted us to help our community we at Craig & Landreth were more than happy to step up. We support the Metro Council and the other great businesses and organizations for pitching in for this great cause.”

Dawn Yates with ESPN Radio 680 Louisville:

“ESPN is thrilled to provide over fifty new coats to the children all over Louisville. We are dedicated to our great sports fans and listeners throughout the city this winter season.”

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