OKLAHOMA CITY - Representatives of the Oklahoma City Dodgers Baseball Foundation presented a check to The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools Coat-A-Kid program during a visit to Southern Hills Elementary School this morning.
The non-profit OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation made a monetary donation to fund the purchase of coats for an entire grade of students at the elementary school thanks to funds raised at the organization's third annual Golf Classic in October.
"Ninety percent of Oklahoma City Public School children fall below the poverty level and many of them walk to school or ride the bus and they don't have winter coats, so we really wanted to get behind that initiative," said Jill vanEgmond, Executive Director of the OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation.
The mission of the nonprofit OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation is to impact the lives of families in the state of Oklahoma, provide educational opportunities for youth and support first responders in Oklahoma through charitable contributions and programming initiatives.
Coat-A-Kid is a program led by The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools that seeks to obtain donations from community partners to purchase hundreds of new winter coats for students in low-income families.
The OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation has additional fundraising initiatives upcoming for the 2018 holiday season.
The organization is encouraging donations for #GivingBluesday on Giving Tuesday Nov. 27 via Facebook. Giving Tuesday began in 2012 and has become a global day of giving. Facebook is partnering with PayPal to match up to $7 million in donations made to nonprofit organizations via the social media network starting at 7 a.m. Central Time on Giving Tuesday Nov. 27, further fueling the support provided to nonprofits that day.
Amazon.com will donate 0.5 percent of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to charitable organizations. Those interested in benefitting the OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation through this initiative can log on to Amazon.com and shop via this unique charity link: smile.amazon.com/ch/47-3520181.
"We are really encouraging people to consider us in their year-end giving," vanEgmond said. "We will donate that money back to the community and it will go toward our youth in education initiative."
For additional information about the OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation, please visit okcdodgers.com/foundation. To learn more about the Coat-A-Kid program, visit okckids.com/coatakid.
The OKC Dodgers' 2019 season schedule is available now at okcdodgers.com, and 2019 season ticket and group packages are available for purchase. Visit okcdodgers.com or call (405) 218-2182 for more information.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.