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Venom baseball club member Carson Asper, left, accepts a donation of clothing items from local Barbara Cicotte outside of the Marysville Kohl's on Oct. 13 as part of the Marysville Police Officer's Association Coat Drive.

 

The Marysville Police Officer's Association kicked off their annual Coat Drive early this year by collecting coats at the Marysville Kohl's on Oct. 13.

The coats are given out at the Marysville Toy Store which provides holiday toys to local low-income families in early December.

Police officers will continue collecting coats through November at three later dates.

Those dates include Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marysville Walmart at 8713 64th St. NE, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lakewood Marshalls at 16414 Twin Lakes Ave., and Nov. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Marysville Fred Meyer at 9925 State Ave.

The Marysville Police Officer's Association runs the drive to support local kids.

"Being in the schools we see the need," said Marysville Police Sergeant Rick Sparr, who is one of the organizers of this year's coat drive.

"We know that there is a need for kids in particular to have warm clothing in the wintertime. For us, working in the schools, we see it all the time where it will be 30 degrees or lower and they're wearing shorts and short sleeves sometimes," said Marysville School Resource Officer Angie Fawks, another organizer of this year's coat drive.

Fawks said she enjoys taking part in the coat drive so that she can help people her community.

"I like interacting with the community and talking with people, knowing that we can help children and families that are in need," she said.

"Maybe they only have enough money for one coat and if that coat is lost or torn up, then they don't have a coat," she said.

Local parent Jenny Lamie donated some items on Oct. 13 and also enjoys providing assistance to those in need.

"We think it's cool. We were just saying that it's nice to be able to support the community," she said.

Members of the Venom youth baseball club have also helped with the coat drive for a number of years, and will return to support the drive this year and collect coats.

The coat drive started earlier this year and spread out across the city.

"A lot of people are strapped for money around the holidays because they're buying and donating to so many organizations," said Fawks.

Fawks said that they tried to hit all the parts of Marysville "so that people didn't have to drive a long way if they wanted to support the cause," she said.

She added that those who don't have the time to donate coats can instead give cash.

"Last year, with the cash donations and the donations of coats we got 365 coats, but we had over 1,200 items, which included gloves, hats and scarves, as well," said Sparr.

Donations can also be dropped off at a police station.

"If they can't make it to the one of the four coat drives but they want to bring coats to our police department, we'll take them," said Sparr.

The coat drive only accepts new coats. Sparr said that used coats can be donated to local nonprofit organization Kloz 4 Kids. More information about that organization is available at 360-658-1021.

The coats are collected and given to the Marysville Community Food Bank, said Fawks. The food bank and volunteers who run the Marysville Toy Store then give out the coats.

It is being run at the Grove Church again this year and families who want more information on registering can contact the Marysville Community Food Bank at 360-658-1054.

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