Bradley County's 17th annual “Coats for the Cold” drive will kick-off on Friday, Jan. 19, from 7–9 a.m.
This event will be held at Chick-fil-A at 3890 Keith St. N.W. Additionally, the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Litter program funded by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (T.D.O.T.) will be in attendance to educate participants on the importance of not-littering within the community.
Anyone with unwanted new or gently used jackets is asked to donate these items to those in need of outerwear for the winter months.
The “Coats for the Cold” drive will continue through the month of January, and items can be dropped off at these locations: Chick-fil-A, at 3890 Keith St., N.W., any Bradley County BB&T Banking location, The Village Tire Center, at 232 Third St., S.W. Bradley County Trustee Mike Smith’s office, at 1701 Keith St. Family Tire, at 215 W. Inman St. Logan-Thompson Law Office, at 30 Second St., N.W. Bradley County Sheriff Office’s lobby, at 2290 Blythe Ave., S.E.
This event was founded by Sheriff Eric Watson 17 years ago when he observed children playing outside without coats and learned their family didn’t have money to purchase those items. For the past 17 years, over 10,000 coats and jackets have been collected and distributed to children and adults in need.
Sheriff Watson said, “Two of the most vivid memories in my life that I will never forget were witnessing children playing outside without coats in frigid temperatures, and seeing my vision for “Coats for the Cold” come into fruition. This program has been successful because of the community’s great support to help those who are less fortunate. This program provides a great service to help ensure children and adults stay warm during the winter season.”
Individuals or businesses wanting to get involved or learn about the “Coats for the Cold” program, can contact the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office at 423 728-7300.