Cops collecting coats for Christmas

Logan City Police Department’s “Coats for Christmas” drive started this week and continues until December 10. Department spokeswoman Sgt. Louise Speth said they are looking for new or “gently used” coats. “We have arranged for a cleaning service for those coats that have been used before. These coats will go to elementary and other school aged children here in Logan, although we get requests from outside Logan. “We also work with the Bear River Early Head Start Agency to outfit some of their families and sometimes we outfit the entire family if they are in that kind of need.” This is an annual event coordinated by the Logan City Police and Sgt. Speth said the community response has been “fantastic.” “Last year we had over 800 coats donated and we were able to distribute just about 200 to school-aged kids who were identified as being in need of a coat. Of the remaining coats, some we keep on hand and we’ve given out a few of those over the years. We’ve also donated what was left to either Somebody’s Attic or the Deseret Industries so that they’re making their way into the hands of people who need them.” Speth invites those with coats to donate to bring them to the Logan Police Department, 62 West 300 North. She said donation boxes are set up in the lobby, which is open until 6:00 every night. After hours drop-offs can be coordinated through Sgt. Speth at 716-9491. Speth said the department would accept financial donations as well. “We were fortunate last year that a family that makes a donation every year made it available to us again, so we’re able to buy coats when we need to. For those willing to help that way we ask that they contact me. It goes into a special fund that is reserved for this program.”

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