GR company donates hundreds of coats to Westwood students, staff

Westwood Middle School coat donation
Hundreds of Westwood Middle School students and staff wear their new coats donated by C.H. Robinson. (Nov. 11, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The students and staff members of Westwood Middle School will be much warmer this winter, thanks to the generosity of a Grand Rapids company.

Friday, C.H. Robinson employees handed out 443 fleece coats at the school, located about a mile from their workplace. The group had been raising money for the coats since fall.

It’s not the first time C.H. Robinson has reached out to the school. The company previously donated time and resources toward building and staining 10 picnic tables for Westwood Middle School last year.

That’s when the idea for this fundraiser surfaced.

“This is a need that they brought to our attention about a year ago. So this was a goal of ours – to come up with enough money to eventually do this. And the Robinson Cares Week was kind of the catalyst that was able to get us up to the money to purchase those,” said Adam Earle of C.H. Robinson.

With the help of a corporate match, employees of the freight hauler company raised $9,000 – enough to purchase a customized coat for every student and staff member.