First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
'Coats for the Commonwealth' Keeps Families Bundled Up in Generosity

Press Release Date:  Thursday, December 10, 2009  
Contact Information:  Sarah Baird

FRANKFORT, Ky. - As cold weather arrives, many Kentucky families face the bleak prospect of going through the winter months without proper clothing. In an effort to help these families during especially trying economic times, Governor and Mrs. Beshear partnered with Goodwill Industries of Kentucky to raise over 500 coats for the Governor’s first winter coat drive – Coats for the Commonwealth.

Beginning November 2nd and continuing through November 27th, bins were located in the central lobbies of the Transportation Cabinet office building, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services building, the Library and Archives Building, the Central Lab and outside the Governor’s Office in the Capitol. State employees, as well as visitors to these buildings, were encouraged to participate and donate a gently used or new winter coat.

“While this season is a time of festivity and merriment, it can prove to be one of the most trying for those struggling to make ends meet,” said Mrs. Beshear. “We must remember people who are lacking the everyday items that many of us take for granted. Thanks to the generosity of so many, fellow Kentuckians in need will be able to have a warmer, wonderful season.”

All coats collected will be donated to Goodwill Industries of Kentucky.

Goodwill sells inexpensive, gently used clothing and household items. Revenue from donations supports the organization’s mission of helping people with disabilities or other disadvantages achieve and maintain employment to gain a better quality of life.

In 2008, Goodwill placed more than 1,800 Kentuckians into jobs. Goodwill provides people with the opportunity to work, earn a living, and create a more independent and meaningful life for themselves and their families.