Lincoln Public Schools preparing for annual winter clothing donation drive

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Lincoln Public Schools is working to organize this year’s Bubba’s Closet event.

Principal of Cavett Elementary School Kathleen Dering said the annual donation drive helps provide winter coats to children across Lincoln.

“At this time of the year, each year, it’s an amazing drive to bring in as many coats as we can winter coats for kids of all ages and across the city,” she said.

The event has continued to garner community support, Dering said, and kids and families are always grateful.

“I think that they’ve even come to know that it’s going to happen and they even rely on it a little bit,” she said. “It’s something that whether they’re picking up in person, or the schools are handing out themselves, which we’ve kind of gone to lately. The smiles and just the gratitude from families across Lincoln is really heartwarming.”

Dering asks those willing to donate, to do so with new items or give in any capacity as the need is constant across Lincoln schools.

“With what we have right now we’re looking to add an additional $20,000 to keep everything going and order all of the coats that we predict will need this season,” she said. “And then any money that we have leftover, we roll over into the next school year.”

Dering says community partnerships continue to drive donations, and everyone works together for the cause.

“To provide for folks who need it most this Bubba’s closet, relying on folks in the community, to communicate to advertise,” she said. “To give, to just orchestrate all of it, it couldn’t happen without everyone coming together in this in this wonderful community.”

A sign-up form for families with children who attend an LPS elementary school can be found here.

Forms will remain open until October 7th.

More information on donations can be found here.

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