Letters to the Editor
It will be a warmer winter for many area families this year! The 17th annual Community Coat Drive was a wonderful success with over 500 coats collected locally and 344 coats distributed at three sites, Salnave Elementary, Westwood Middle School and Feed Cheney. Additionally, 100 coats were distributed at Sunset Elementary School from Coats 4 Kids. All of the coats not distributed were donated to the Cheney Community Clothing Exchange.
First of all, thanks to the local Kiwanis who did all of the transporting of coats to and from the cleaners and to and from the collection sites. Thanks also to Clint Sewright of Tomlinson West Plains for connecting us with Coats 4 Kids and supplying us with collection bags, boxes, fliers and transport. AAA Storage donated space for coats to be stored and Copy Junction ran fliers for the annual event. Special thanks goes to Coats4Kids and Greg and Lee Throop of Big Wash in Cheney who laundered all of the coats prior to their distribution.
Thanks to all of the local schools, churches and businesses that had collection boxes. This is a great example of what a community working together can do!