First coat drive attracts 65 articles
Reece & Nichols Premier Realty held its inaugural coat drive Saturday at its office in Tonganoxie.
The real estate company received about 65 coats, according to broker Sandy Waller.
"I thought we had a very good turnout for the snow," Waller said of the approximately two inches of snow that accumulated Saturday. "We said we're going to continue this every year."
Reece and Nichols will donate the coats to Good Shepherd Thrift Shop, 304 E. Fourth St. The thrift shop will then find Tonganoxie residents in need of coats for the winter season. All coats will be donated, not sold.
"Everybody feels good if they can donate something," said John Edmonds, a Tonganoxie resident who donated three coats Saturday. "You always want to help out if you can. With all the power outages, I'm sure there's a need for them somewhere."
The real estate company gave complimentary Christmas treat bags to children who came to the drive. In addition, all children were given the opportunity for a free picture with Santa Claus in front of a Christmas tree.
Reece and Nichols also served refreshments and cookies at the coat drive.
"We wanted to do something to give back to the community," Waller said. "We think it's a good community and we thought they'd help us. We were proven right."