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Costco Employees Donate Over 300 Winter Coats

This holiday season, employees at Costco’s Murray location banded together to provide winter coats and other cold-weather outerwear for students in need at Granger Elementary School. The initiative was spearheaded by the Granger Elementary PTA’s Vice President of Community Engagement, Kaylyn Alatini, herself a Costco employee.

In just two weeks, the Costco employees filled more than two pallet-sized bins to overflowing with a combination of new and used coats. These Costco employees also got creative about securing cash donations: a raffle was organized where donors earned entries to win a high-end remote-controlled car, which was also donated by a Costco employee. In the end, Costco employees presented the PTA with a check amounting to $826, which will be used to ensure the school has an ongoing supply of cold-weather gear for distributing to students as needed.

Kaylyn Alatini, a member of the Granger Elementary PTA executive board, says: “In my experience, the employees at Costco have always been very generous when they are met with the opportunity to help others. Helping to organize this donation drive, though, has shown me firsthand how powerful we can be in meeting needs when we come together with a common goal.”

Before the donation drive was launched, teachers at Granger Elementary were asked to identify students that were in need of adequate winter gear. The teacher feedback revealed that nearly one in four students needed help securing winter coats this year.

Lauren Kay Weber, President of the Granger Elementary PTA, shares: “When the temperature started dropping, we began seeing more and more kids walking to school in just sweatshirts, or even sometimes wrapped in blankets. Fifty percent of Granger Elementary students walk to school, so we’re not just talking about being getting on and off a bus. One of the PTA's guiding principles is that meeting kids' basic needs is a key element in supporting student academic success.”

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