LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The seventh annual Diana Ross Winter Care Coat Drive began Tuesday and will run through the end of the year.
You can donate coats at Republic Bank locations in Lexington. Chase Dry Cleaners and Bluegrass Cleaners will clean the coats before they are distributed.
The coat drive aims to donate coats to anyone who needs one.
"Our goal really is to ensure, whatever that number is, that every member of our community who needs a coat, receives a coat, whether it is a child, and we have had a lot of children's coats donated, to whether it is one of senior citizens, who might be in a nursing home, hasn't had a coat in years, but still goes out to doctor's appointments. Sometimes you overlook those kinds of things," said Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt.
The effort is named after a domestic violence advocate and the mother of Amanda Ross who was murdered in 2009 by her ex-fiancé, former State Rep. Steve Nunn.
Ross aimed to fulfill her daughter's wish to help others. She also fought for victims' rights. In 2010, the Kentucky General Assembly and Ross created “Amanda’s Law," which expanded the rights of judges to use GPS monitoring for offenders.
Ross died last year.