Heart-warming story: Commissioners, parents group hand out 600 coats to NJ children

What's better than giving something a fresh coat of paint? Giving a kid a fresh coat.

That's why state Sen. Troy Singleton and the Burlington County Commissioners gave away 600 to children on Dec. 2 at the Burlington County Emergency Services Building.

“Thanks to our collective efforts and community-based partnerships, hundreds of children will have a new winter coat,” Singleton said in a news release. “It is vitally important that we do all that we can to ensure that children in Burlington County have the tools they need to succeed and thrive, and that includes having a coat that will keep them warm on their way to school. I want to thank all of our amazing partners for sharing and valuing this commitment and I encourage parents to sign up today for a new coat.”

It's perfect timing. Temperatures haven't been too brutal, but colder days are coming. Now it won't be as big a problem for these kids.

“We all know how unpredictable winter weather can be in New Jersey and the Northeast, making a warm winter coat an absolute necessity for all our residents,” said Burlington County Commissioner Director Felicia Hopson. “We also know that purchasing adequate winter outerwear can be a financial hardship for some families, so we’re grateful that Senator Singleton and his staff are organizing this coat giveaway. It couldn’t come at a more opportune time, and our county is happy to assist.”

Parents Engaging Parents, a Newark-based non-profit group, assisted with the event, which put a jacket on the backs of children just in time for winter. This was the fifth straight year the group is taking part in giving coats to children.

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