By Gary Collins
Pine Bluffs Post 

Coats for Kids brings needed warmth in the winter


Gary Collins/Pine Bluffs Post

Jim Lynch, founder of the charity Coats For Kids in Cheyenne poses with roughly 1000 coats that will be distributed to children at the Cheyenne Depot Museum this coming October.

A man, looking a little like Santa Claus, has been bringing warmth to students in the Laramie County School District (LCSD) for the past decade.

The man is Jim Lynch of Cheyenne, who began Coats for Kids 12 years ago when he saw there were children braving the winter cold without a warm coat. In the beginning, he would procure 'gently used' coats, have them dry cleaned and given them to those in need. Soon, he began contacting the schools, knowing that teachers and social workers there were better placed to assess the needs of children.

"I contacted a few of the schools, and a few of the sc...

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