MARYVILLE, Mo. — Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice has officially kicked off his Coats for Community Kids campaign in hopes of providing a coat for those in need throughout the county.
On Tuesday, gathered with members of local law enforcement, Rice made it clear he and those involved in the coat drive, including community stakeholders, intend to offer a warm coat to anyone in need this winter.
“It’s our goal that this winter, that anybody who needs a coat is going to get one,” said Rice.
From now until Friday, Nov. 8, community members may donate new or gently used coats at any of the collections sites including the Nodaway County Administration Center, the Nodaway County Courthouse and local law enforcement offices.
While a complete list of participants in the drive was not yet available, Rice said more than a dozen local churches and schools also are helping to collect coats for the drive. Coats may be donated at any local church or school.
“Our hope is that we collect so many coats that we’ve got more than enough for this year, and maybe some for next year,” Rice said.
Two years ago, Rice led a coat drive, collecting more than 300 coats. He hopes to collect even more this year.
Rice explained that he and law enforcement officials often see people impacted by crime without coats or basic essentials. Because of this he and law enforcement are partnering in this drive to help anyone who might be cold this winter. The coats will be delivered to Community Services Inc. and in turn distributed to the public.
“I spoke with our friends at Community Services, (and I) wanted to make sure that these coats were available no questions asked, no background, no application process,” Rice said. “They can come in and if they need a coat, they can have one.”
He also said if anyone is in need of a coat, even after the drive is over, they should feel free to contact him. He will provide the resources to get them one.
“I can’t tell you how blessed we are in Nodaway County to have law enforcement officials that care for our community as much as we do here,” said Rice.
- Nodaway County Courthouse, 305 N. Main St.
- Nodaway County Administration Center, 403 N. Market St.
- Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office, 404 N. Vine St.
- Maryville Public Safety, 222 E. Third St.
- Northwest Missouri State University Police Department
- Missouri State Highway Patrol Maryville Zone office