Coat drive receives 'great response' from community

Coat drive receives 'great response' from community

IZARD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Less than a month after saying his county had an "extreme need" for children's coats, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence says the response has been "great."

The sheriff's department began its annual coat drive early in October. By mid-November, they had collected a few coats for adults but none for children.

Residents heard the call for help and answered.

Lawrence said Monday his office received approximately $700 in donations to purchase children's jackets. His department used a portion of the money to buy 32 coats.

"These results are another example why Izard County is a great place to live, work, and raise a family," Sheriff Lawrence said. He thanked the community for "their tremendous generosity."

Those wishing to donate money or coats should contact Betty Vest in the sheriff's office at 870-368-4203.

New or slightly used, clean coats and jackets can be dropped off at the sheriff's office, located at 300 Circle Dr. in Melbourne or at the sheriff's substation in Horseshoe Bend.

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