MGM National Harbor Donates Coats to P.G. County Students

Hospitality Company Partners with County Schools for Coat Drive

Joshua Garner | 10/15/2013, 8:51 a.m.
Prince George's County students and school administrators pose wearing coats donated by MGM National Harbor as part of a program for needy children.

This winter may be a little warmer for students at Glassmanor Elementary School in Oxon Hill after MGM National Harbor and Prince George's County Public Schools partnered to deliver 500 coats, hats and gloves to county schools.

Throughout the week, the MGM National Harbor Fall Coat Harvest will provide new coats, hats and gloves to children in need to use during the winter months, according to a PGCPS news release. MGM National Harbor partnered with the Excellence in Education Foundation for county schools to bring the Fall Coat Harvest program to Maryland. Samuel P. Massie Academy in Forestville, Mary Harris "Mother" Jones Elementary School in Adelphi and Ridgecrest Elementary School in Hyattsville will also be receiving coats.

"In Prince George's County, we want to cater to the whole child, and this program speaks to that," Carolyn Boston, vice chair of the Prince George's County Board of Education, said in a statement.

MGM National Harbor is a proposed $800 million casino that would sit along Oxon Hill Road.

"We know that this time of year the weather can change quickly, and we don't want parents to be concerned with getting fall coats," said Dee Dee McKinney Odom, director of community affairs for MGM National Harbor.

The Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission will begin considering proposals for the location of a Prince George's casino on Oct. 21. A casino license will be awarded to a developer before the close of the year.