Weld County residents – including parents with toddlers and infants – lined up Oct. 9 in Milliken to receive free winter coats distributed by Catholic Charities and Coats for Colorado in the aftermath of the Colorado floods and disaster response efforts.
Larry Smith, president and CEO of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Denver, helped hand out all sizes of coats to those in need. Other Catholic Charities volunteers distributed diapers, water and cleaning supplies to the crowd.
Dependable Cleaners and Shirt Laundry began the state's largest coat drive in 1982. The company annually collects slightly used coats and distributes them at multiple sites with partner 7NEWS (KMGH-TV).
Among the recipients was Christina Hildreth who said her son was born the day before the flood hit on Sept. 13. She left with her arms loaded down with coats and diapers.
"I can't thank Catholic Charities enough," Hildreth said. "We lost everything."
Channel 7 anchors Anne Trujillo, Mike Landess and weatherman Mike Nelson also helped distribute the coats to the flood survivors. A video clip of the TV station's report is below.