WILLIAMSON – At Thursday’s meeting of the Williamson City Council, an announcement was made that the Mingo County Fire Chief’s Association would be hosting the second annual Coats for Kids drive and have partnered with the American Red Cross to install smoke detectors.
On November 25 (Black Friday), the fire department will be collecting money for the coat drive on the Harvey Street Bridge in downtown Williamson.
The coat drive is made possible by efforts of the Mingo County Fire Association (MCFA). Last year, the coat drive provided coats for more than 200 Mingo County children. The MCFA works in conjunction with local businesses and schools to provide local children with winter coats and other cold weather accessories.
Williamson Fire Chief, Joey Carey stated, “I wanted to let you guys know that we will be doing our Coats for Kids. That is coming up on Black Friday. We will be out collecting money again this year like we did last year. We joined forces with the MCFA and bought needy kids a winter coat. It was a big success last year so we are going to do it again.”
The Williamson Council voted to donate $500 to the Coats for Kids drive and issued a challenge for other municipalities to beat or match their donation.
Free smoke detectors are also available for people in the Tug Valley area. “We joined forces with the American Red Cross with our smoke detectors. We have been doing it for 15 years but they have these new pretty expensive smoke detectors that are free of cost to us. All we have to do is install them. If you need smoke detectors, call the Williamson Fire Department. The detectors are guaranteed for ten years. I can install up to three in a residential house. If anyone needs them, just call and we will install them. Right now, according to the American Red Cross, there is an unlimited supply. We want to install as many as we can,” Carey stated.
The Williamson Fire Department can be contacted by calling 304-235-5273.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)