Coats for Kids drive held at Wilson Elementary

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Wednesday's winter weather sent many local students out the door bundled up in their winter coats, but for some local students they did not have a coat to help keep them warm.

That's why Black Hills Community Bank held their third annual Coats for Kids Drive today at Wilson Elementary School, and will host another drive Friday at Knollwood,
350 brand new coats were collected for children from kindergarten through the 5th grade who needed a new one for the winter season. The students teamed up with an employee from Black Hills Community Bank to find a coat that was perfect for them.

President of Black Hills Community Bank, Jack Lynass says, "Its just so exciting . For some of these kids it's the first time they received a new coat. Some of them don't want to take the tag off. They're having so much fun as you can tell, they get to pick out their coat they get to pick out their favorite color. Big this year is maybe have a hidden pocket there was one fine you boy was telling me about."

The donation of the brand new coats wouldn't have been possible without the bank employees and the community coming together.

Lynass says, "This all started out with the employees at the bank, for jeans day they donated money then the bank matches that. Then we went out and bought a bunch of coats. and it caught on so well that our customers wanted to join in. WE had one customer that brought in 60 coats."

If you would like to donate to the coat drive for this Friday at Knollwood, coats can be dropped off at Black Hills Community Bank at their location on Mount Rushmore Road.