Coats for Hope Fundraiser kicks off

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BYRON, Ill. (WIFR) The third annual Coats for Hope fundraiser kicked off Thursday night at Byron Middle School with a wrapping party.

Volunteers came out to put wrapping paper on signs which go on purple donation boxes to get them ready for collection of winter items. This year's fundraiser will benefit five area domestic violence shelters including: H.O.P.E. Of Ogle County, Remedies, Voices, YWCA of Sauk Valley, and Safe Passage.

Organizer, Victoria Kuzlik, says she started this fundraiser after she dealt with domestic violence first hand five years ago with her father.

Last year, more than 6,000 winter wear items and $10,700 were collected. This year the goal is to collect 2,500 items and $25,000.

The fundraiser goes until December 9th ending with distribution that morning. For more information check out