Winter drive underway in Tyler, Smith County


Cooler temperatures are just around the corner in East Texas, and as the thermometer sinks lower many kids in Tyler and Smith County will go without a coat this winter. You can help keep a child age 0-18 years warm this winter by donating a new or gently used coat.

People Attempting To Help (PATH) kicked off their annual Coats for Kids drive on Oct. 1. New and gently used coats can be dropped off at the following locations: Comet Cleaners, Hart’s Cleaners, Progress Cleaners, Regency Cleaners, Shannon’s Cleaners, The Cleaning Company, VIP Cleaners, Edward Jones – Whitehouse and PATH.

Thanks to generous donations from the community, PATH was able to supply coats to over 1,000 kids last year.

Pre-registration to receive a coat is also underway at PATH. To receive a coat for your child they must produce ID of any kind (photo, birth certificate, social security card, school ID or report card). The parent or legal guardian of the child must present photo ID and proof of Smith County residency (water bill, official document mailed). All children in need of a coat must be present to receive a coat and to ensure a proper fit for them. Pre-registered participants will be served first but onsite registration will also be available the day of the event.

Coats will be distributed from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 at North Tyler Development Academy, 3000 North Border (former Griffin Elementary School gym).

For more information on Coats for Kids, contact Jessica Halifax at 903-617-2821, or email


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