The Harlan Rotary Club’s “Winter Coat Project” has been deemed a success. With over 240 coats collected, Rotary President Jerry Blanton said the project will help many families in the Harlan County area during the winter months to come.
“Those who will be distributing these coats for us will be the FRYSC programs at Harlan Independent School District and the Harlan County School District, along with Hilltop Ministries and Pathfinders for Independent Living,” said Blanton. Contacting friends and neighbors, Blanton said there was a “wonderful response” to their call to donate coats and help those less fortunate.
“We have some really nice coats which have been donated,” said Blanton. “The key to the whole project was Nadine Hafemeister, owner of Dry Cleaning Plus, who donated her time and equipment to clean all these coats free of charge. She was a God send. We also couldn’t have done the project without the efforts from Joel Eldridge, Rotary Club member who coordinated the project and did a wonderful job.”
Blanton said all the banks in Harlan, which included the Bank of Harlan, Home Federal, BB&T and Commercial Bank, agreed to us their facilities as drop off points for the coat project.
“We appreciate them and everyone who took the time to drop off a coat for a needy person,” said Blanton. “This was a cooperative effort and we’re very proud to have been a part of it.”
Blanton added their next project to complete is to refurbish the Dale Belcher Memorial Park at Dressen.
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