WILLIAMSON – The Williamson City Council approved a $500 donation at a regular meeting Thursday, Nov. 12, to help fund the “Warm the Children” coat drive sponsored by the Williamson Fire Department and the Mingo County Fire Chief’s Association.
Williamson Fire Chief, Joey Carey, approached the council to request assistance with the coat drive saying, “I want to talk to you about some of the upcoming plans we have for the holiday season. We wanted to do something for the community and the Mingo County Fire Chief’s Association was on the same page.”
Carey continued saying, “We decided to join forces to do ‘Warm the Children’ for the holiday season. We want to get out and do road blocks, get donations and work with local schools to find out what kids need as far as coats, gloves, or whatever these kids need. There are a lot of organizations that work to get kid’s toys. I think a lot of kids out there need the essentials. We decided to get together and do this as a county wide event.”
Sgt. John Hall, President of the Mingo County Fire Chief’s Association, said the proper paperwork had been filed as a non-profit organization. The non-profit 501C paperwork enables the firefighters to accept monetary donations, and they can also collect coats and other goods.
To raise money for the coat drive, the fire department and Fire Chief’s Association plan to do road blocks and ask for donations.
“It was my idea to do “Black Friday” morning for a road block. There will be a lot of people out that morning shopping and they will be in a giving spirit. I think that will be the best chance to get the most amount of money. I am asking that the City Clerk put us down for a roadblock that morning from 8 a.m. until noon,” Carey said.
Carey explained that local schools will be involved to help determine specific needs of children in the area. “To give these coats out we are going to work with schools because we think they know the kids better than we do. We think that is our best avenue,” Carey explained.
Carey continued saying, “This is the first year we are doing this. I am really excited about it. With a little bit of help, we can put a smile on these kid’s faces. We are going to do what we can for these kids.”
Councilwoman Judy Hamrick said, “You have our blessing.”
Carey asked that the council consider donating to the coat drive. “If you guys are in a giving mood and would like to donate, that would be appreciated. We would greatly appreciate it if you would consider a donation because this is going to help kids in our town and our entire county,” Carey said.
Councilwoman Sherry Hairston-Brown responded saying, “Since it is for the children and you know I am all about the children, I make a motion that we donate $500.”
The motion was approved unanimously.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)