Conway Police Department officers distributed 70 coats Friday that it bought using a grant from Target Corporation.
“Thanks to LaTresha Woodruff, our PIO (public information officer), she has secured this donation for a community relations project called Cops and Coats,” CPD Chief Jody Spradlin said. “That’s something neat we don’t see very often, so we’re appreciative of that.”
Woodruff said a Target representative approached her after hearing about another program she started – the Child Safety Fair – and suggested she apply for the grant.
"There wasn’t a guarantee that I would get it but I applied," Woodruff said. "It came at a great time because I was looking for sponsorship for a new program I had been thinking about.
As she was filling out the paperwork, she thought of the name "Cops and Coats" because the $3,000 grant allowed the department to buy coats for cops to give to children in need.
"Your Conway Police Department is always looking for ways to help children in our community," Woodruff said. "We want to help educate them on safety and help them when they are in need. A nice warm coat for the winter certainly meets a need."