Dallas, Kingston Twp Police to Hold Coat Drive

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Have the kids outgrown last year’s coats? Or do you have a closetful of hats and gloves you don’t wear? The Back Mountain Police Association wants your items.The BMPA is made up of policemen and women from the towns and borough in the Back Mountain, including Dallas, Dallas Township and Kingston Township.

The group, which is celebrating its 55th anniversary, is looking for donations to its annual Warm Coats for Kids Drive.

The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Back Mountain Shopping Center in Shavertown.

According to David Dembowski, public relations representative for the BMPA, the group has collected and given away over 1,000 coats since beginning the project in 2009. Dembowski said that coats, gloves, scarves and hats are acceptable if they are lightly used.

The Back Mountain Police Association includes representatives from not only local police departments but also from the state game commission, the fishing and boating commission and the state police. Since 2008, the group has added community outreach programs to its activities.

The group hasn’t decided yet which charitable organization will receive the goods once they are sorted. Dembowski said that different charities have benefited in the past.

Dembowski said that, in spite of the recent nice weather, there will soon be a need for warm coats. This program will get coats to those who need them.

“There is poverty on this side of the river, too,” Dembowski added.

This story originally appeared in the Dallas Post. It can be found here: http://mydallaspost.com/news/news/909693/Back-Mountain-Police-Association-will-collect-coats?template=dallasart

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