BOUNTIFUL - It takes an entire community to help south Davis kids.
Dozens gathered for the Bountiful Rotary’s Coats for Kids Car Show and Cruisin kickoff luncheon, held last week in Bountiful. The event, set for June 13 and 14, offers two days of cars, food and fun that help provide winter clothing and more for kids in south Davis.
“It’s one of the premiere events that happens in Bountiful,” said Bountiful City Mayor Randy Lewis.
The two-day event, which starts along Bountiful’s Main Street on Friday and moves up to Bountiful City Park on Saturday, includes a car parade (or “cruisin”) down Main Street, a burnout contest, food from local restaurants and a variety of contests.
All of the money raised at the event funds programs designed to help south Davis kids in need, with the bulk of it going towards Coats for Kids. The program provides vouchers for winter gear to the principals of south Davis schools, who then distribute them to kids who try to brave the winter without coats, gloves or boots.
“I hold little tiny hands every morning that are freezing,” said Orchard Elementary Principal Kristy Nelson. “I’m so pleased to be able to see them (with their new coats and gloves), standing tall and proud and ready for school.”
Sometimes, those coats can even be life changing. Bountiful Rotary member Chris Simonsen related a story of a young man who was about to graduate from the University of Utah who had just discovered that the coat he’d received as a child had come through the Coats for Kids program.
“I’d started to ditch school, and my self-esteem was low,” Simonsen said the young man told him. “That coat changed by life. I keep it in the back of my closet as a reminder.”
Registration is still open for those who want to put their cars in the show, and volunteer assistance is always welcome. Restaurants who want to be represented in the dining area, or those who want to help sponsor either part of the food court or another aspect of the car show, can visit bountifulcruisin.com.
“They’ve been taking care of the kids for 17 years, but they haven’t done it alone,” said Rotary District Governor Steve Skinner. “The more hands, the more help, the more for everybody.”