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Police clothing campaign provides 450 coats for Licking County children

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An anonymous donation to a Licking County nonprofit helped provide 450 coats to elementary school-aged children before Christmas.

A Licking County deputy holds a coat that will be donated to the children of Licking County in December 2022 through a partnership with Starfish Assignment of Licking County.

According to Jamie Wright, of Starfish Assignment of Licking County, their non-profit organization was trying to address an issue often on officers’ hearts and found that jackets were a common wish list item for officers and deputies. The non-profit organization aims to bridge the gap between Licking Countians and their law enforcement officers.

“In the beginning it was where we get money for coats from? In the last few years we’ve only been able to buy or collect about 25 coats per department,” explains Wright. “One day this year I went to the mailbox and got the mail. We had a substantial donation – completely anonymous.”

Wright said their organization was able to purchase 450 coats, which were recently distributed to five Licking County law enforcement agencies — Newark, Heath, Pataskala, Reynoldsburg and Licking County Sheriff’s Office police departments.