“Economically, we’re still not where we need to be as a community,” Raderstorf said. “There’s a bigger cultural pot of people moving into the area with low-paying jobs or who might still not have jobs.”
The poverty rate among children younger than 18 in Cass County was 22 percent in 2012, ranking it 40th out of the state’s 92 counties, according to information published online by STATS Indiana, a statistical data utility maintained by the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Kellee Wolfe came out to Coats for Kids with her son, Colin, 11, and daughter, Zoe, 9.
“I’ve been off work all summer and I needed to get the kids coats and hats, so this is great,” she said.
Betty Staller escorted the Wolfes thorough the coat racks, helping Zoe try on a jacket when she came across a color she liked.
As a member of Church Women United and Corinth Brethren Church near Twelve Mile, Staller said her faith drives her to participate in events like Coats for Kids.
“This is what the Lord wants us to do,” she said. “We are to be his hands and feet. I just praise him that I can do this.”
Anne Jeffers has been volunteering with the Salvation Army for about the last 25 years. She helped out Saturday at an array of long tables displaying a wide assortment of hats, gloves and scarves, giving kids warm smiles as she helped them track down their sizes.
“This is always my favorite project,” she said. “It’s a good outlet to help people.”
Jeffers was one of the 32 people offering their time and effort at the event.
“This is the most volunteers I’ve seen,” she said. “Whenever it has to do with kids, everyone wants to come out and help.”