The Tulane University Police Department is sponsoring a coat drive now through Oct. 28 that will help local shelters keep the less fortunate warm.
In addition to new and gently used coats and jackets for men, women and children, the department also will accept sweaters, scarves, gloves and new socks.
Drop-off locations are situated at the police department offices on the uptown and downtown campuses, as well as at the Tulane National Primate Research Center. Look for the white plastic barrel near the police dispatch station marked “Cops for Coats.”
“My main goal is to collect as many warm clothes as I can before the cold weather sets in,” says Kenneth Guichard, the TUPD officer who thought up the idea. “If I only collect 20 coats, then it will be 20 less people left in the cold weather.”
Guichard, who started the program as a personal community service project, says that his solo work became a department-wide project when Jon Barnwell
, superintendent of TUPD, heard about what he was working on.
“He really liked the idea and said he wanted to get the entire department on board,” says Guichard, who hopes to make this an annual event.
For more information, email Guichard
or call 985-871-6411.