FARMINGTON — Local companies have united to keep children a little warmer this winter.
On Monday, Permian Power Tong, an industrial services business, kicked off Warm Coats, Warm Kids, a coat drive to collect gently used and new children's jackets. The drive runs until Nov. 26.
"We would really like this to get out there to a wide audience to help the most kids possible," said Lana Green, administrator at Permian Power Tong.
A quarter of all the donated coats will go to the Salvation Army, Green said. The rest will go to the Rio del Sol Kiwanis Club, which coordinates with area schools to gather lists of children who need cold weather wear.
"We're working with all the area schools to get lists of needy families to receive coats," said Bob Brooks, a Kiwanis member. "We'll send out personal invitations to them to come to Farmington fire station No. 6 in December to pick out a coat, have hot cocoa and cookies and meet Santa."
Brooks' wife runs Howard's Cleaners, where all the donated coats will be cleaned and repaired.
"We're not expecting a miracle, but anything helps," Brooks said. "It's all for the kids."
Donations can be dropped off in Farmington at Howard's Cleaners, 1601 N. Dustin Ave.; Permian Power Tong, 7975 E. Main St.; R.L. Bayless, 2700 Farmington Ave.; Souder Miller and Associates, 2101 San Juan Blvd.; and A-1 Glass, 439 E. Broadway Ave. They can also be donated at Red River Compression, 823 S. Main St. in Aztec, and Flogistix, 6104 U.S. Highway 64 in Bloomfield.