Harker Heights: City holds 7th annual coat drive

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HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas (KWTX) As the cooler weather sets in to Central Texas, some children are in need of coats to keep them warm.

Heather Buller, activities director for the City of Harker Heights. (Staff photo)

The City of Harker Heights hopes to help cover up some of those kids with its seventh annual coat drive.

Heather Buller, activities director for the City of Harker Heights, says getting kids into coats does more than simply keep them warm.

“It’s important for children to have a coat that’s new or that’s a worry they don’t have to have, worry about keeping warm,” said Buller. “They can just focus on their schoolwork, and not what the weather’s going to be outside or what clothes they’ll be able to put on their back.”

Buller originally proposed the coat drive because she saw a need in the community: homeless children who needed to keep warm in the winter, even if it doesn’t get as cold in Texas as in other parts of the United States.

“Coats are definitely needed, and the community looked like it needed an opportunity to give back,” said Buller.

In previous years, Buller said the coat drive has brought in a good number of new and gently-used coats, but she’s aiming for more this year.

“In the past, we got anywhere from 130 to about 92 coats, so this year our goal is 300 coats,” said Buller.

Coat donations are being accepted at Harker Heights City Hall, the Recreation Center, and the Library Activities Center during normal business hours.

Donated coats can range in size from extra small to triple-extra large, and must either be new or gently used.

The drive lasts until Oct. 31st.