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Coat drive coming to Marion

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com

Dodson Legacy, an organization dedicated to helping children facing hunger and poverty, will host a youth coat drive in Grant County on Saturday.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Clarence Faulkner Community Center, located at 1221 W. 12th St. in Marion.

Participants will pass out new or gently used children’s coats, sizes 4-20, hats, gloves and scarves to help local children brave the cold this coming winter.

They will also have school supplies available in order to help students be prepared for classes.

Though the organization has been accepting donations since the beginning of September, ShaRelle Clark, president of Dodson Legacy, said they have a lot of larger sizes and want to be sure they have in-between sizes to help more children.

According to Clark, this is the first coat drive the organization has done, but officials hope to make it an annual event.

In the past, the organization has given away school supplies and helped feed children in other parts of the state and even the world.

This will be Dodson Legacy’s first function in Grant County, which was once home to all of its founders.

Clark said they want their growth for 2020 to include more events like this.

They first got the idea when someone called and mentioned children might need winter clothing, she said.

Members of the organization did some research and decided to take on the project based of the rate of child poverty in Grant County, which is the highest in the state.

“We really wanted to touch on those topics in the area,” Clark said.

Dodson Legacy was created as a way for three cousins to help serve others and also honor their grandparents, who the organization is named after.

“We want to be able to carry on a lasting legacy,” Clark said.