Maxey, schools join in coat drive
Clay Maxey Ford of Berryville is working with the Carroll County school districts to make sure no child goes to school cold this winter.
The “Share the Warmth” drive will be collecting new or gently used coats, shoes and nonperishable food items throughout the month of November and the first week of December. Tim Hatman, sales consultant with Clay Maxey, said he started the coat drive about six years ago after noticing several kids in the area needed coats and jackets.
“I spoke with a couple people from the school districts, and they told me they were needing to gather jackets up for kids in need,” Hatman said. “Clay Maxey helps sponsor the advertising, and we collect the coats, shoes and food.”
Hatman said he works with elementary counselor Becky Tharp at the Green Forest School District and Mindy Hicks, coordinator of Bright Futures Berryville, at the Berryville School District to find out what sizes are needed and distribute the clothing and food items.
“We partner with Berryville and Green Forest schools,” Hatman said, “and I’m trying to get Eureka Springs on board, too. They haven’t been involved the last two years, but I think I’ll be able to get them on board also.”
While the drive lasts through the first week of December, he said coats will be handed out as needed during November.
“I give coats out while the drive is going on if Becky or Mindy contact me with a special need for a certain size,” Hatman said. “I’ll go ahead and give them now with the weather getting colder. If these kids are needing jackets, we will get them taken care of.”
The food is also distributed through the schools, he said, to families in need for the holidays.
“I keep silent on my part of it and let the counselors at the schools take care of all that,” Hatman said.
Hicks said this will be the second year Clay Maxey has partnered with Bright Futures Berryville.
“Last year, we received several coats from their drive for our students,” she said. “We are so thankful to Clay Maxey and his employees for their leadership in this program.”
Hatman said drop-off locations this year include Clay Maxey Ford of Berryville, Anstaff Bank, First National Bank of North Arkansas, Bonham-Powell Hardware, Ace Hardware and The One Stop in Green Forest.
“We hope everyone brings in some coats,” he said. “Let’s try to get these kids warm before it gets really cold out.”