By Sonya Campbell

Harker Heights Herald

BELTON - The Belton Police Department is looking to the public for backup in the hopes of gathering coats, jackets and sweaters for the area's poor and homeless this winter.

Items collected will be donated to the Scott & White Hospice Thrift Store.

In past years, the thrift store has given some of its donated cold weather garments and blankets to Warmth for the Winter, which redistributes them to the homeless.

The store also sells such items at heavily discounted rates to people with little income.

But this year, the thrift store lost its entire inventory to the September flood.

Ever since, the nonprofit organization has been scrambling to replace its stock to ensure low-income individuals and families, as well as those without a means of support, have what they need to survive the winter months.

Now through Jan. 10, the police department is accepting gently used and new coats, jackets and sweaters.

The office is open around the clock, seven days a week, according to Police Commander Mike Rhoden, who is overseeing the effort.

In the past, the police department has conducted a blanket drive to aid the area's elderly who are living on fixed incomes.

With plenty of blankets on hand, Rhoden said the department opted to assist the thrift store this year.

Contact Sonya Campbell at or (254) 501-7585.

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