Union coat drive warms up homeless students in St. Paul Schools

Staff at Project REACH, the St. Paul Public Schools’ homelessness initiative, accept coats and hats donated by union members. The staff members include (L to R) Anne McInerney, Wijit Xiong, Karla Stewart (holding a “Thank You!” sign), Andrea Lindorfer and Cindy McGowan.

Staff at Project REACH, the St. Paul Public Schools’ homelessness initiative, accept coats and hats donated by union members. The staff members include (L to R) Anne McInerney, Wijit Xiong, Karla Stewart (holding a “Thank You!” sign), Andrea Lindorfer and Cindy McGowan.

St. Paul union members gave homeless students in the St. Paul Public Schools the gift of warmth last month, donating 120 winter coats and dozens of stocking caps to Project REACH, the district’s outreach effort to homeless youth.

The gift was made possible by contributions to the St. Paul Labor Studies and Resource Center’s annual Jean Jones Winter Coats and Hats Initiative, which collected $3,500 in November and December.

“The generosity of our affiliate unions and their members continues to amaze us,” said Bobby Kasper, president of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, which oversees the non-profit LSRC.

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