Helping others stay warm with Hat and Glove Drive

Wagoner County Child Abuse Task Force workers set up donated gloves and hats for distribution at the Task Force's drive last year. A second drive is going on now until Dec. 6. The force includes, from left, Whitley Pierson, Emily Hightower and force coordinator Carrie Wilson. Wilson said 750 sets of gloves were donated last year and this year's goal is 1,000.

Carrie Wilson was surprised when she and her co-workers at the Wagoner County Child Abuse Task Force collected 750 sets of gloves and hats in the organization's first hat and glove drive last year. She hasn't stopped there.

A second drive is underway and continues until Dec. 6.

"I came up with the idea as we're always looking for a project that can help the citizens of Wagoner," said Wilson, a forensic interviewer and coordinator of the task force. "It was an eye opener last year and we had no idea how many sets we were going to need. I was also surprised how grateful people were last year. Some had tears streaming down their faces.

"We bought out the Dollar Tree several times last year. We bought every glove and hat they had and matched them up. We've got some ladies who are crocheting hats for us this year."

Wilson and her office are accepting the hats and gloves for men, women, boys and girls.

"We're also taking those tiny hats and beanies for infants," she said.

Whitley Pearson works with Wilson at the task force. They have volunteers as well, including Emily Hightower, who made some of the hats for the event last year.

"When (Emily) saw on Facebook that we were having the drive this year, she was the first person to respond and asked if we wanted her to make the hats again," Wilson said. "We said yes. She's in the process of making hats."

The drive will continue with donation boxes around Wagoner including Walmart, Dollar General, the Wagoner County Courthouse along with churches. Donations began Nov. 1 and continues until Dec. 6, Wilson said.

"The distribution of the hats and gloves will be Dec. 13, and we'll be accepting donations on that morning," she said. "We're saying Dec. 6 so we can give out the hats and gloves. We want to be organized."

Wilson said the goal for this year's drive is to get 1,000 sets of hats and gloves.

"That's a lot, but we're supposed to have a terrible winter this year," she said. "We just want to do anything we can to help our citizens."

You can help

WHAT: Wagoner County Child Abuse Task Force Hat and Glove Drive.

WHEN: Now until Dec. 6, but donations will be accepted until Dec. 13.

WHERE: Help in Crisis office, 901 S.E. 10th St., Wagoner.

INFORMATION: (918) 485-7003.

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