New Fayette County effort collects, cleans, distributes coats for those in need

gkocher1@herald-leader.comJanuary 29, 2014 

Participants in the coat drive are left to right: Greg Robinson, owner of Chase Dry Cleaners; Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt; and Bo Henry, Lexington Market President for Republic Bank and Trust. Witt announced a coat drive Wednesday in which people can drop off used coats at five Republic Bank locations; Chase Dry Cleaners will clean them free of charge; and the sheriff's office will distribute them to those in need. Photo taken on Wednesday, Jan. 29,2014. Photo by Greg Kocher | Staff

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Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt is looking for used coats to distribute to those in need.

Witt announced Wednesday that Republic Bank and Trust has volunteered to collect coats at its five Lexington locations. Then Chase Dry Cleaners on South Ashland Avenue will clean the coats before they are distributed to those who need them.

"Everybody in this community wants to do something to help. This is a way to help," Witt said.

The coat drive will run through the end of February.

Distributing the coats can also connect people to various public and private social services, Witt said.

"Our deputies see every element, every section, every corner of our community every day, so there is probably not a better group of people who know those who are in need than law enforcement and first responders," Witt said.

Greg Robinson, owner of Chase Dry Cleaners, is donating his cleaning services to the drive.

"At this time of year, we're a little slow, so it's actually pretty easy to filter the coats through and clean them and not affect the daily business," Robinson said.

The coat drive is an expansion of the sheriff's 10-year-old Winter Care program. Under that program, the sheriff's office staff picks up and delivers prescriptions to shut-ins; takes patients to dialysis; conducts welfare checks; and shuttles nurses and other medical staff to their jobs when roads are particularly icy.

The location of the Republic Bank branches are 3098 Helmsdale Place in Andover; 641 East Euclid Avenue in Chevy Chase; 2401 Harrodsburg Road; 651 Perimeter Drive; and 3608 Walden Drive in Tates Creek.

For information about the coat drive, call Maj. Joe Pittman at (859) 252-1771. The sheriff's office will also pick up donations if residents request. Call the sheriff's office at (859) 252-1771 to schedule a pickup time.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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