Keeping kids warm in Prairie Township

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Renne Meyer, an employee at the Prairie Township Community Center, shops for new coats for her nieces, ages 6 and 7, during the Subaru Loves to Help Coat Giveaway on Jan. 16. Hosted at the westside recreation facility, children and families were able to pick out new coats and winter accessories with the assistance of helpful deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the employees at Byers Automotive. The warm winter gear was made and distributed by Operation Warm, a national non-profit organization that facilitates the distribution of thousands of coats and shows to children across the country.
Chief Jim Gilbert packs up extra coats to distribute to children who live in a nearby housing complex.
Despite being involved in a fierce game of pickup basketball moments before, friends (from left to right) Cameron Overstreet, Saalim Abdi, Zane Gibbs, Luke Hunley and Blake Bilger temporarily halted the action to shop for new winter gear for their siblings.
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