Briefs: December 2018


Coat campaign spreads winter warmth

The 2019 Coats for Kids campaign continues through Dec. 2. Sponsored by the Volunteer Center, Coats for Kids provides more than 5,000 warm winter coats to local under-served children. To date, over 60,000 coats have been delivered to approximately 80 area schools and social service agencies.

Donations of new or gently used winter coats are being collected at partner locations including Peerless Cleaners, Kroger, Adams Radio Group and Lee’s Famous Recipe.

“This is one of the most rewarding programs the Volunteer Center is blessed to be a part of. The Fort Wayne community is very generous, and it is heartwarming to know that neighborhood children will be well prepared to face the winter weather,” Executive Director Ani Etter said in a statement.

Cash donations are also appreciated. $25 will provide a new coat, hat, scarf and mittens to a child in need. Secure online donations are accepted at

Fort Wayne Firefighters, YMCA team members and community volunteers will deliver the coats to schools and social service agencies during the week of Dec. 17, prior to the holiday break.

Old Fort offers new program

Historic Fort Wayne, which provides programming at the Old Fort, recently announced a new program: Friday at the Fort. From 3-7 p.m. on most Fridays between now and May 31, several soldiers will be on the grounds drilling, cooking and occupying the Fort as it would have been in 1816.

The program is aimed at increasing tour availability and visitor access at the Old Fort. The last tour starts at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to check social media before visiting as Friday at the Fort may occasionally be cancelled due to weather and other unforeseen events. All Historic Fort Wayne events are free and open to the public.

Clinic offers emergency veterinary services

Aboite Animal Clinic and House Call Practice has expanded its services to offer after-hours emergency veterinary services. Injuries and illness can happen any time. The clinic’s new emergency service hours aim to reduce stress and improve access to quality medical care.

“Having been approached many times over the years and seeing a need for emergency services on the southwest side of town, we felt it was it important to help the community by extending our hours for emergency care,” Dr. Sunil Gupta said.

Emergency services hours are Monday-Friday 6-10 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday noon-10 p.m. The clinic asks that clients give the office a call first at (260) 432-5525 so they may properly advise on what the best course of action is.

The new emergency services hours are in addition to the clinic’s regular hours and are open to both new and existing clients. Aboite Animal Clinic and House Call Practice is a two-doctor practice providing care to cats and dogs. For more information, visit // or the clinic’s Facebook page.