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Who Thinks About Coats in 100 Degree Heat? We Do!

Published on July 11, 2013 by Tiffany Coleman

(MERIDIAN) The weather this summer has already been downright brutal in the Treasure Valley. The mercury has already reached record-high temperatures for days on end, and summer is barely underway. While people have been looking for creative ways to beat the heat, Broadview University has been quietly working to help kids stay warm—well, stay warm this winter, that is.

Idaho Youth Ranch, Broadview UniversityThe Boise campus has answered the call to help make sure local kids who need a coat have one when the weather decides to turn. The campus is working with the Idaho Youth Ranch’s (IYR) Coats for Kids program. The nonprofit organization helps to provide coats to children in elementary school. The program is administered by each individual schools’ homeless liaison.

During the campus’s most recent Community Service Day event at the Idaho Youth Ranch’s distribution center in Boise, campus leaders were told that the coat program was facing a potential shortage this year. As a result, the campus stepped forward and awarded its quarterly charitable giving donation of $500 to give the program a much-needed boost.

“Broadview University’s generous donation will go a long way toward helping the Idaho Youth Ranch provide winter coats to students in need throughout the Treasure Valley this winter,” Peggy Jordan, IYR’s director of communications, said. “Thanks to you, Idaho will soon be a much warmer place for some of Idaho’s most vulnerable kids!”

Each quarter, Broadview University gives $500 to a charitable organization within the community as part of its “We Care” philosophy. Organizations that align with programs the campus offers are generally chosen as recipients. Along with this most-recent donation, the campus has made contributions to eight other local organizations, including Warrior’s Promise Foundation, Joint School District #2, Salvation Army Caldwell Corps, Hope’s Door in Nampa, Helping Idaho Dogs, Boise Rescue Mission, and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

The help further the donation to IYR, the Boise campus will also hold an additional coat drive in August. All coats received will be donated to the organization.

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