KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and six pastors are teamed up as part of an initiative called "Pastors on Patrol," with a mission to protect and serve the community.
"When you go past the mission and you see people standing outside in the cold without coats, gloves and hats, even children, your heart goes out to that," said Pastor John Stokes.
That's why Pastors on Patrol's latest mission is a coat drive.
"We have children and families without coats or the resources to purchase coats, gloves and hats so we're asking the community to help us help someone else," said Pastor Ronnie L. Coleman.
It is the first of its kind for the new initiative.
"It's an excellent opportunity with the coat drive to give back and we're here to serve in whichever capacity as the need arises," said Pastor Herman Phillips.
The pastors are shooting for the stars.
"We're going to collect as many coats as we can with your help to provide service to as many families as we can," Coleman said.
"I think we need to give people something that's nice to wear so they feel good about themselves," said Pastor Joseph Anderson.
All in an effort to fulfill their mission.
"We don't want to limit it to just certain people. Anyone who has a need can come and pick up coats," Jennings said.
The coat drive starts December 8 in the KDPS lobby. Each KDPS building will have a box in their lobby. Each pastor's church will also have a box.
The coat giveaway will be held from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Jennings Development Interplex.
Pastors on Patrol can be contacted at 269-337-8270.
Each of the six pastors involved said it's important to them to help resolve issues in the community.
"We're working in conjunction with KDPS to help bridge the gap between community and police officers," said Pastor Gregory Jennings, Pastors on Patrol Coordinator.
"Sometimes you only see public safety as going out to arrest people. That's not the only job," Phillips said.