HANFORD — Assemblyman Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) joined with community partners Thursday for the annual Kings County Coat Drive to provide winter coats to hundreds of children.
Salas partnered with the Professional Latin American Association and Kings County Community Action Organization (KCAO) to facilitate a donation from Southern California Gas to purchase 400 coats to distribute to children and teenagers who needed them.
“When we come together as a community we can make a difference,” Salas said. “No child should have to endure the cold of winter without a coat. I want to thank Southern California Gas and all of the partners who volunteered their time, resources and energy to help hundreds of kids stay warm and dry this winter.”
Salas joined Jeff Garner, executive director of KCAO, at the KCAO Child Enrichment Center in Hanford to provide the children with winter coats.
“KCAO is grateful to continue our partnership with Assemblymember Rudy Salas to distribute coats to children in Kings County,” Garner said. “It is a joy to see firsthand the smiles on the children’s faces when they put on their new coats. This is a project that we always look forward to.”
In addition, hundreds more coats were distributed at the Rosa Parks Learning Center in Hanford and at the KCAO Dolores Huerta Head Start Center in Corcoran. Salas teamed up with the Corcoran Police Department to distribute coats throughout the community.
“Because of Assemblymember Salas’ generosity, many children will have a warm coat for the winter that otherwise wouldn’t have,” Corcoran Police Chief Reuben P. Shortnacy said.
Since the annual coat drive was started by Salas, over 1,200 winter coats have been provided to residents throughout Kings County.