Our hometown Independence High School Baseball Team partnered with One Warm Coat a national non-profit organization who provides a free warm coat to any person in need to raise awareness for our citizens and communities across the nation. All coats are distributed within the communities where they were collected, to any individual or family in need at no cost or obligation.
Recently to sponsor their inaugural coat drive which was a two day event, the team collected 250 coats from the Mint Hill and Charlotte community. These coats will be given to the Mecklenburg County Foster Adoptive Parent Association for distribution to local families and children during this Christmas holiday season.
Head Baseball Coach Daniel Cooke made the following statement. “The Independence High School Baseball Team is proud to partner with One Warm Coat and Mecklenburg County Foster Adoptive Parent Association. Our student athletes wanted a way to give back to those less fortunate during the holiday season and thought this would be a great way to do it. We are also very proud and thankful to our Independence family and the community members who donated the coats.”
Coach Cooke went on to say, “We are so thankful for our many coat drive ambassadors like the Independence High School Baseball Team who volunteered their time, resources and energy to help their neighbors in need.”
One Warm Coat Chief Executive Officer and President Jennifer Stockard said, “Together we can reach our goal of warming one million people each winter, one community at a time.” The non-profit which began in 1992 has worked diligently with community volunteers to give away over 4 million coats to those in need since their inception.
This effort was a great experience for the baseball team members and our community giving all involved a great sense of satisfaction knowing they are making a difference in someone’s life. This is what the holiday season is truly all about.