Texas Border Business
EDINBURG – The Edinburg Rotary Club recently purchased 1,200 jackets and donated them to the Tim’s Coats organization to be distributed to needy families throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
“On behalf of Tim’s Coats, we are thrilled for what the Edinburg Rotary Club has done,” said Edinburg Rotarian and Channel 5 News Chief Meteorologist Tim Smith, who organized the event. “Half of the coats will go to the Salvation Army of McAllen, and the other half of the coats will go to Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley.”
The Edinburg Rotary Club donated $4,000 and secured a matching grant of $4,000 from the South Texas Rotary District 5930 to purchase the coats.
“It means a lot for our community and us because these coats go directly to the children, families, and homeless that stay in our shelters,” said Salvation Army Lt. Adolph Aguirre. “The donations help alleviate the costs of having to purchase coats during the winter months.”
For more than 30 years, Tim’s Coats and Channel 5 News, in conjunction with the Southwest Dry Cleaners Association, have collected more than 140,000 coats and distributed them through the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities.
“It was such wonderful news to hear that the Edinburg Rotary had donated the funds for us to get these coats to help families who are hurting,” said Sister Norma Pimentel, the executive director of Catholic Charities. “I am so happy. Thank you, Rotary. It’s a blessing to have you in our community and to support us in efforts like this.”
The Edinburg Rotary Club is comprised of 50 business and community members.