First-year coat drive working with area schools

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Cappy Harris Realtors, other local businesses collecting coats

As the temperature drops for the winter season and heaters are turned on in place of air conditioners, a very significant need is being noticed locally — children in need of winter coats to keep them warm.

Lori Ewbank, realtor at Cappy Harris Realtors, said Cappy Harris Realtors decided to start a coat drive.

“We are working with area schools to get these coats on children,” she said. “This is the first year we have done this, but we plan to make it an annual thing.”

People can drop off gently used coats at either Cappy Harris location, Freedom bank in Shell Knob, Cassville or Seligman and Arvest bank in Cassville.

“Any business that wants to get involved as a drop-off location can call the Cappy Harris Realtors, Cassville branch.

“The coats will be brought to the local school for distribution on Nov. 26,” she said. “We started collecting coats on Oct. 25 and will continue to collect until Nov. 25.”

Area schools are getting involved with the event to help coat their students.

“We will distribute to Shell Knob elementary, Southwest pre-K through twelfth grade, Exeter pre-K through twelfth and Cassville pre-K through twelfth,” Ewbank said. “I am a realtor, but I am also a school bus driver, and I see the need for these children to have a coat.”

Ewbank said there are many students in our area and they grow so fast.

“We need to decide as a community to help our community children,” she said. “I want to see all of the boxes over flowing.”

Ewbank said she believes it will be a very cold winter so she wants all of the children to have a coat.

“All of our communities are really good about coming together to help those in need,” she said. “I hope this grows every year and we help more and more children.”

Ewbank said although Cappy Harris Realtors is the main sponsor, the event would not be possible without the help from every person and business involved.

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