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Cliff Leach gives a coat donation to Marysville Police Department School Resource Officer Dave White during last year's coat drive on Oct. 26, 2019.

 

Marysville police will hold their annual coat drive to help local children in need this winter this November.

Officers, city staff and volunteers will be at the Marysville Kohl's at 3713 116th St. on Nov. 21. They will be there from noon to 3 p.m.

They are collecting children's coats, hoodie sweatshirts for teens, hats, scarves and gloves.

Donations are distributed at the Marysville Toy Store, a program that provides holiday gifts to local families in need every year.

"This year, due to the pandemic, we've had to scale back the number of locations and dates that we hold this," said Commander Mark Thomas of the Marysville Police Department.

The annual drive is usually held at four different locations on four different dates. Because of COVID-19 precautions the drive will only be held at one location at one time this year though.

"We try and get between 500 to 600 coats each year," said Thomas. "So it's a pretty big ask for the community to get all of these coats in one shift."

Clothes donations will also be accepted at the all of the holiday red barrels that are placed throughout Marysville every holiday season.

The red barrels collect donations for the Marysville Community Food Bank and the Marysville Toy Store program as well, and are typically available at many businesses throughout the city.

One will be available at Marysville's Public Safety Building at 1635 Grove Street, although some of the other typical city donations points may not be available this year.

"Many of our other city offices that usually accept donations at this time are also closed or have restricted access because of COVID," said Thomas.

Thomas said this was an important drive to continue.

"Unfortunately, there are children going into the winter months without proper coats," said Thomas, either because their clothes are damaged, old or don't fit anymore.

The Marysville Police Department has organized the drive every holiday season for a few years now and partner with many groups throughout the community.

"One of our detectives coaches Little League and he would get the players, the police and the food bank together to help with this," said Thomas.

The Venom Baseball & Softball Club still helps out with the drive and players involved in the league frequently volunteer, said Thomas.

Thomas said he enjoys the drive as a way to get out into the community.

"We have dialogue and conversations about what's going on in their lives," he said. "It's really a good time and a pleasure to see how the community responds to this need."

 

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