Clothing drive underway for family who lost four children in house fire

The Coats family lost four of their six children in the fire on May 5

SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) — On May 5, a family living near Melrose, Wis., suffered a tragic loss.

The Coats family lost four young children in a fire, as well as their house and some of their pets.

Now, there’s an effort to help the Coats recover some basic necessities.

A clothing drive is underway at COW97 in Sparta.

The station’s general manager, Suzanne Hoffman, was able to get in touch with a family member and get a list of urgently needed items.

Donations have been pouring in, she said.

“There is a total sense of community here,” said Hoffman. “People care about other people and it’s wonderful to see. We had our first drop-off on Friday … and it’s continued since. So, definitely, there is a lot of help pouring in for this family in our community.”

You can drop off items at COW97’s offices at 113 West Oak St. in Sparta from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Monday through Friday.

Men’s clothing needs:

  • Men’s shirts – Medium or Large
  • Men’s sweatshirts and jackets – Large
  • Men’s shorts and sweatpants – Large
  • Men’s jeans – Sizes 32×32, 32×34, or 30×32
  • Men’s socks – Large
  • Men’s boxer briefs – Large

Women’s clothing needs:

  • Bras – Sizes 32DD, 34DD, or 32B
  • Women’s underwear – Size 4, Extra Small, or Medium
  • Women’s jeans – Sizes 2, 4, or 6
  • Women’s tops and bottoms – Sizes Small or Medium

Other needs:

  • Gift cards
  • Plastic storage totes

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