KALSEE Purchases 55 Coats for Kids in Need

2015 12 - Coat Shopping - Featured ImageOn Friday, December 4th, employees from KALSEE Credit Union joined 6 Loy Norrix High School youth leaders and 3 staff from Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo (CIS) at Burlington Coat Factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to purchase coats for the CIS Kids’ Closet program. The credit union’s $3,000 budget, with a 10% discount from Burlington Coat Factory, purchased 55 new coats for Kalamazoo Public Schools middle and high school students.

KALSEE’s Chief Financial Officer won the $3,000 in a contest. “I wanted to reinvest the money in a meaningful and fun way,” says CFO Amber Stevens. “It felt wonderful to be helping kids, and we had a great time shopping with the students.”

The shopping trip rounds out a CIS Kids’ Closet coat drive KALSEE held at all offices in October and November in partnership with the Kalamazoo Wings hockey club and CIS. The 55 coats filled the bed of a pickup truck.

CIS Director of Development, Emily Kobza, says, “Thanks to the generous support of the community and businesses like KALSEE, many students will get a winter coat that will help them stay warm and dry on the way to and from school, helping to ensure that all student attend school every day, ready to learn.”

The CIS Kids’ Closet program provides important resources that help all kids attend school every day, with confidence and dignity. The program supplies clothing, winter wear, school supplies, and personal care products to K-12 students.