Warm Hearts Healthy Starts Program
A lesser known program administered by the Old Newsboys is the Warm Hearts Healthy Starts coat and shoe program.
A child missing school or play because they don’t have a coat or pair of shoes is both tragic and very easy to fix. The ONB issues referrals to every elementary school in Genesee County to provide new coats and shoes to children in need.
Once identified by school counselors or staff, the child comes to the ONB office to receive a new coat, a certificate for shoes, or both. In the 2011/2012 school year, the ONB has provided 419 boys and girls with new coats and 606 with new shoes. With each coat, children receive hats, mittens and scarves—which are all donated by the community.
Due to limited quantities we can't serve every child who qualifies. To find out about getting a coat or pair of shoes for your child, please contact the parent liaison or counselor at your child's school. If you do not know who to contact at your child's school, call the Old Newsboys at 744-1840 and we will look it up for you.
A big thank-you to our friends at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Outstate Michigan and the C.S. Mott Foundation for their program support!
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