David Casci, Knights of Columbus Monisgnor Jessing Council 1664 member, dropped off coats Wednesday morning to Peoples Bank in Pomeroy as part of an annual coat drive. Casci said he estimates about 12 new coats to a box for about 100 coats in general. He presented the coats to branch manager Tina Rees, who said the drive has been going on at least 25 years, with the new council being involved at least five to six years. Casci said that as his previous time as a bus driver before retiring, one of the things he noticed most was kids leaving coats on the bus, and he knew he didn’t want any child to be without a coat during winter. So each year Rees sends a letter to teachers at various schools and has them see which children aren’t wearing coats. The teachers provide gender and size but never the child’s name, and the coats, which are typically collected in January, are distributed each November, right before winter. Rees said this batch of coats will be put into storage until November, when they’ll again be distributed to schools.
Casci and Tina Rees, of Peoples Bank in Pomeroy, show off two of the new coats that will be delivered to children at the start of next winter. Coats for this winter were passed out November 2015. Lindsay Kriz | Daily Sentinel