R.E.D.E.E.M. CDC’s Coat Drive Impacts Ward 7 School

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Rev. Dr. Ronald K. Miner, Sr., embraces a child. Photo: Isaiah Myers

On Dec. 13, 2019, the R.E.D.E.E.M. Community Development Corporation sponsored its Second Annual Mega Coat Drive to benefit students at the Charles Houston Elementary School, 1100 50th Pl. NE. Each of the 277 students from grades pre-kindergarten to fifth received new coats, hats, scarfs and gloves. Donations for new coats were solicited from the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Deanwood and private donors. Members of 12 church Fellowship Circles collaborated to purchase over 300 new coats. On the event day, individual gift bags were sorted according to grade level by volunteers and transported to the school in a caravan led by the church bus. Rev. Dr. Ronald K. Miner, Sr., Pastor wearing a Santa hat, presented coats to individual students. For more information about the First Baptist Church of Deanwood or R.E.D.E.E.M., call 202-396-0534.