Coat drive held to create warmer winter for those in need - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Coat drive held to create warmer winter for those in need

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

You know that old coat you've had hanging in the closet for awhile?  The Jackson Fire Department would love to take it off your hands.

JFD, The Salvation Army, Operation Shoestring, Stewpot Community Services, The Magnolia Roller Vixens and AMR launched the “Skates and Sirens: Coats to the Rescue" project Tuesday.

Organizers are collecting gently used or new coats for needy and homeless people in Jackson.

“There are hundreds of people of all ages in Jackson without a good winter coat," said Roller Vixen Miriam Lamar.  "Some are homeless and even many people with homes simply don’t have the money for a decent winter coat.  Come January and February, they’ll suffer in the frigid weather."

 Coats can be dropped off at any Jackson Fire Department station between now and January 7th.

“The holidays are a time of giving," said Cleotha Sanders,  division chief at JFD.  "So, we’re asking the more fortunate among us:  Look in your closets, take out coats you and others in your family have outgrown or stopped wearing for any reason."

Those who donate can request a receipt for a tax deduction.

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