The Marysville police union has begun their annual Stuff the Truck drive to gather coats for kids in need this October and November.
Their first day out was Oct. 26 at the Marysville Fred Meyer and they will be at the Marysville Walmart near Highway 9 on Nov. 2 and at Kohl's and Ross at 3713 116th St. NE, in Marysville, on Nov. 16.
Both events are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"We are collecting warm clothing for less fortunate families in our community," said Angie Fawks, a school resource officer with the Marysville Police Department.
They collected more than 600 coats last year as part of the event.
"We also accept cash donations and at the end of our events we're able to count everything up and decide where we are still in need," said Fawks.
"We buy additional coats, gloves, hats, and things like that to make sure we accommodate everyone," she said.
Fawks said many people are willing to give coats and other items to help the community.
Local Cliff Leach donated coats at the Oct. 26 collection.
"It's getting cold. I hate to see kids cold so it just seemed like a good thing to do," he said.
The police get a lot of interaction with the community through the coat drive, said Fawks.
"We just like to interact with the community. There's a lot of people that come up to talk with us and we learn about different individuals," she said.
There is a big need for supportive programs like this one in the community, she said.
"There's a lot of children out there that don't have warm clothing in the wintertime and as school resource officers we see them all the time. There is a need for it and it's very helpful to make sure the children are warm," said Fawks.
The coats are given to the Marysville Toy Store, an annual program that provides presents and other items to local families early in December for the holiday season.
Police officers typically volunteer at the event to hand out the coats there as well.
"It just feels good to be able to give back to the community and see the families who aren't otherwise able to be able to purchase these clothing items," said Fawks.
"This is our way to give back to the community, to do for and protect our less-fortunate children, those who are in need," she said.