Local church to help keep children warm this winter

WASHINGTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - As temperatures are quickly dropping this fall, a local church is working to make sure kids in the community, stay warm. Hopewell Church of Christ in Washington West Virginia has been collecting coats since this spring, to donate to children in the community for the winter.

They decided to have this event again after a great turn out last year. Over fifty children received coats from them Saturday. They are holding on to any left over coats as the cold season progresses. The church has also been in contact with Lubeck elementary, who will notify them if they notice any children who don't have a coat.

Randy Baker is the minister of the church. He says, “There are a lot of children that find themselves in environments where they're underprivileged and we want to be able to make sure that they have what they need to stay warm this winter. And to be able to cope with all of the various elements that we experience here in northern West Virginia”

Brittany Knapp helped organize the event. She says, “We just, for the past several months, have been working together and gathering coats from our homes or buying new and used coats. It's been a great, great thing. We've had a ton of coats and we've been able to give away a lot."

Saturday's event also included lunch for those who stopped by in need of a coat.

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