Wintertime without a coat can be unbearable, especially for a child. Lemasters Consulting, a Cincinnati-based law firm, completed its third year of raising money to purchase brand new coats for Cincinnati-area adults and children.

“Something as simple as a new coat can really take the edge off of a family that is struggling,” said Poul Lemasters, Owner and Attorney, “Each year, my goal is to donate more and more coats so that more and more people are warm this winter. And this year, we really did well,”

Lemasters Consulting teamed up with other companies both here in Cincinnati and around the country. A total of 126 brand new winter coats for boys, girls and adults were donated along with 50 brand new hats and 200 pairs of brand new gloves. All of the garments were purchased through a Cincinnati-area Old Navy store.

“Thanks goes out to the companies that participated and to Old Navy. They provide us with great deals so we can buy the most new coats as possible. A special thank you to Bill and Missy from the Old Navy Store in Blue Ash for all their time and assistance,” said Lemasters.

The coats were distributed through St. Vincent De Paul.

“Many of the children we help have never had a new coat. They often wear hand-me-downs that are too large, too small, too thin, or just worn out. Seeing their excitement as they picked out a brand new coat from Old Navy was unforgettable. We're extremely grateful to Poul and all who worked with him to give the gift of warmth to our neighbors in need this year," said Liz Carter, Executive Director, St. Vincent De Paul—Cincinnati Council.

Supporting companies in this year’s coat drive include: Paxus Services, Inc, Boerne Texas Cremation Safeguard, Tulsa, Oklahoma Foundation Partners Group, Tampa, Florida Legacy Funeral Services, Houston, Texas The Outlook Group, Franklin, Ohio Anderson Funeral Homes, Franklin, Ohio Serenity Funeral Home and Memorial Gadens, Mobile, Alabama ICCFA, Sterling Virginia Havenbrook Funeral Home, Norman, Oklahoma Nelsen Family Funeral Services, Inc, Richmond, Virginia

To download a complete copy of the press release, click here.