Listen Now: Morning News

Troopers help collect needed winter wear for kids

LOGAN, W.Va. — State Police Captain Dave Nelson was touched on his drive to work one cold morning in Logan County.

“I saw some kids at a bus stop waiting on a bus,” he said. “They were obviously cold and I guess that’s the way it came to be.”

Nelson is the commander of Troop 5 which handles State Police coverage of six counties of southern West Virginia. What ‘came to be’ was a drive by the State Troopers of Troop 5 to gather donated coats, boots, shoes, and other winter apparel of all sizes for children in the region.

“There is the need,” said Nelson. “We started reaching out to the schools to see if it would even be a good idea and teachers, principals, and counselors indicated some students were in need.”

The collection has been ongoing for several weeks and the articles of clothing will be distributed to the schools who have indicated the need.  Although Nelson said the response from the public has been fantastic, it still won’t clothe everybody who needs it in winter gear.

“What’s sad is not everyone who needs a coat or a pair of boots is going to get them,” he said.

State Police will rely on school administrators to identify those who are in greatest need to be the first priority and work down from there until all of the donations are exhausted.  Although Tuesday is the distribution day, Nelson said anybody who has gently used or new items can drop them off at any State Police detachment in the area and they’ll make sure they are given to a child who is cold.

“We’re trying to keep it as discreet as we can and allow these kids to enjoy getting a new coat and pair of boots,” he said. “It may be all they get for the Christmas season.”

More News

MetroNews This Morning 4-15-24
Summary of West Virginia news, sports, and weather for Monday, April 15, 2024
April 15, 2024 - 6:27 am
Morgantown Utility Board will have representation on new PSC fire hydrant task force
Meetings to start soon.
April 14, 2024 - 7:18 pm
Sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack of U.S.S. West Virginia is identified and will be buried with honors
Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Charles Brown was 22 when he died at Pearl Harbor.
April 14, 2024 - 5:44 pm
Families push for IDD waiver fix during rally at state Capitol
Funding was slashed by 10 percent during the final day of the 60-day legislative session.
April 14, 2024 - 4:07 pm

Your Comments