Saturday was Distribution Day for the Coats for Kids event at the Palmer Events Center in South Austin.
The line waiting to get a free new or gently used coat wrapped around the building. Some waited from 11 p.m. Friday night until the doors opened 8 a.m. Saturday morning.
For several weeks, KVUE asked viewers to donate new or gently used coats. Thanks to the community, the event raised nearly 35,000 coats. All of them cleaned by Jack Brown Cleaners where employees had to put in extra hours to make sure each coat was dry cleaned.
Since Paul Brown's father, Jack Brown, started the tradition three decades ago, the event has raised more than 800,000 coats for children in need.
KVUE has been there since the beginning.
"People may say 'golly, 800,000 coats is a lot of coats' but the need is there, the kids outgrown their coats. They may come back for another one a couple of times and then a couple of times in the past, people will re-donate the coats that they used," said Brown.
Sarah Valenzuela, President of the Junior League of Austin, explained what happens if there are left over coats.
"So we help to use some of the unused coats from this year and get them to non-profits and community agencies in Austin," said Valenzuela.
It takes around 2,000 volunteers an entire year to put this event together. Volunteers who said they too get something out of Coats For Kids because they give back to the community.
Some make it a family tradition.
"We've been doing it since Elizabeth was 4 or 5. Now that we both have children and it's a great way to bond together and do something to give back," said Barbie Guerra.
So from our family to yours, we thank you once again for making Coats For Kids another success, 30 years in a row.