Lynchburg Police, Community Group Partner to Distribute Winter Coats | Local news
He said the coat distribution ministry started several years ago by distributing coats to children in local schools. Because of this, OCOV realized that there was a need for many others in the community to have a warm coat during the winter months and decided to partner with the police department.
“It’s great in a way; the police department gets to go to places that we don’t have. They see tragedies in places and they see people in places that we don’t have. “We don’t even reach. We do a lot to let people know that we have them, but they see them on another level,” Camm said.
“Being able to not only protect but serve in this way, I think that’s a great idea.”
Camm said the organization donated 75 coats to the police department this time around, but was ready to provide more if needed, and encourages people to continue doing more for the cause by contacting One Community, One Voice to arrange a pickup.
Chief Zuidema said that despite a staff shortage, the department is “committed to protecting and partnering with our community” through this project.
“This is something that we have been doing for many, many years. We want to make sure our people understand that we are not just here to enforce the laws, but we are here to be their partners, we are there for us. ensuring they have the things they need, ”he said.
Camm said it was “a beautiful thing” to see the police department and the community working together.