The McDowell County Sheriff said his charity to collect sleeping bags for community members in need has seen a successful start.
Sheriff Martin B. West told 59News his deputies have already collected hundreds of sleeping bags for his Warm for the Winter campaign. He started it to replace the Shop With a Cop effort that was canceled due to the Kimball Wal Mart’s closing.
The sheriff said he is proud of the way his community has come together so far to help one another stay warm this winter.
“People here in McDowell’s been giving, bringing [sleeping bags] in, laying them at the door here,” West said. “You see how they’re all stacked up. We’ve already delivered several, so, we got a good program going to benefit the people of McDowell County and the children.”
The McDowell County Sheriff’s Department is still accepting sleeping bags for adults and children throughout the rest of the winter. Although many have been collected for distribution, West said the need for more remains great.
As long as the sleeping bags are in fair condition, they can be dropped off to the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office.
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