AURORA, Colo. - More than 800 coats were distributed this month to children in need through a program spearheaded by an Aurora Police Department Sergeant.
The program was called "Cops, coats and kids."
Sgt. Damon Vaz led the effort to collect coats, gloves, hats and scarves between Oct. 14 and Dec. 9, police spokesman Chris Amsler said. The donations were collected in bins at the district police stations, Aurora Public Schools Headquarters, the Aurora Municipal Center and the office of the Aurora Association of Realtors.
Former police officer Tudy Wicks, who is now Safety Director for the school district, was also involved in planning the program, Amsler said.
"We are so grateful for all of the donations we received from the members of our community and happy that we were able to do our part to help the kids of Aurora stay warm this winter," Amsler wrote in an email to 7NEWS.
The coats and other items were delivered to 27 schools, including Lansing, Fletcher, Kenton and Peoria Elementary.