Nov 10, 2013

Warm Winter Wear program has given over 2,000 coats

BY RYAN BERRY
MANAGING EDITOR
GREENVILLE – Children from around the county will be able to stay warm this winter thanks to the Darke County Sheriff’s Department and supporters of the Warm Winter for Darke County Children program. According to Chris Lennon, coordinator of the program, this is the 13th year for the department to give coats, hats and gloves to school children in the county. Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker was pleased to point out over 2,000 coats have been given out since the program began.

New hats, gloves and coats continue to be collected at the Sheriff’s Department through mid November, with monetary donations accepted year-round. Approximately 400 coats will be given to local children this year. While many of the coats are being purchased now, Lennon admits they begin preparing for the following winter as the season ends. As soon as the coats are put on clearance she is there to buy them so the department can get more for less money.

Persons wishing to assist the Sheriff’s Department can call 548-3399 and direct your call to dispatch to receive additional information. Monetary donations can be sent to Darke County Children’s Winter Wear, c/o Darke County Sheriff’s Office, 5185 County Home Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

The Greenville K-Mart store continues to be a huge supporter of this program. The employees recently presented a $110 gift card for the purchase of coats. The donation was made possible due to fundraising activities conducted by the employees.

Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker and Deputy Rachael Kuzmicki look over the coats that will be going to Darke County children. (Ryan Berry photo)

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