WESTFIELD, NJ — The dangers that police guard against are many and local officers with the help of public school students recently took on a serious one: winter’s harsh cold.

The Police Department last week completed a collection of 755 coats to donate to people in need. Supporting the drive for the New Jersey non-profit Jersey Cares were the Westfield Public School District and Furniture assist, police said.

At Jefferson Elementary School, Kayleigh Bucciarelli had approached Susie Hung, who coordinated the effort with the help of the school’s early act program. The school was among a number to contribute to the police department’s second annual coat drive.

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“I was very worried about the less fortune people who didn’t have coats this winter,” Bucciarelli said. “I didn’t want them to freeze. I asked Dr. Hung if we could start a coat drive at Jefferson.”

The coats were transported to police headquarters and on Dec. 11, and police loaded the coats onto a truck for transport to Jersey Cares.

“Thank you to everyone who donated especially Furniture Assist and various schools in the Westfield Public Schools, who coordinated smaller coat drives and then dropped them off at Police HQ,” police said.

Jersey Cares collects gently used coats from throughout the state for donation to approved nonprofit partners, which then pick them up and donate them to people in need.

The Westfield Police Department’s coat drive in coordination with PBA Local 90 and PBA Local 90A collected coats up until Dec. 9 with donations dropped off at police headquarters.

TAPinto Westfield's Giving Back section is sponsored by State Farm Insurance Agent Christine Cosenza.

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