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Hero Central: Saline County Coat Closet

The Saline County Coat Closet was collecting coats at the game. Hats, scarves, mittens, jackets, none of it was turned away.

Aiyana Cristal spoke with one volunteer at the game. Click on the video for more.

Hero Central: Families start signing up for Angel Tree Program


The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program is underway, thousands of families are expected to line the halls at three locations for the next two-weeks in hope they can provide their children with a happy holiday.

Georgena Clay is applying. She says, "I'm a single mother of four children and I know sometimes it can get hard to get the kids the things that they need for Christmas."

This is Clay's fourth time to apply. If it wasn't for Angel Tree, Christmas wouldn't look so promising. She smiles, "When I see a smile on my children's face it makes me happy; that's the best Christmas gift that a mother could ever receive for their child."

For the first time, the Salvation Army will have a Spanish interpreter at the North Little Rock and Saline County locations.

Major April Taylor says, "We are very happy to be able to supply a need that the community is showing us exist."

Hero Central: Giving coats to needy Saline Co. residents

The cool wet weather crept up on a lot of people this morning. Not everyone, though, has protection from the winter cold.

The Saline County Coat Closet stepped in Tuesday and gave away winter gear for free.

Anthony Felts finally found what he was looking for Tuesday.

"You see I'm wearing a nice leather jacket, it looks good. It's brand new and it still has the tag," says Felts.

About this time every year, Saline County residents donate winter gear to the Coat Closet. Those who can't afford a coat, like Summer Anderson comb through the racks for a free coat.   Anderson is not picky on the style or color.

"If it keeps me warm, I'm good with it," says Anderson.

The coat drive started in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit and victims needed coats. Organizers realized the need continues in Saline County.

Residents back home after Saline County wildfire

The Arkansas Forestry Commission reports the fire is now 100% contained. And folks who were evacuated are back home, some are without power. Crews are still stationed; on the look out hot spots.

A wildfire started burning near Traskwood at about 9:45 Sunday morning. It was contained three different times, but the wind caused the fire to keep reigniting.

Patsy Gosvenor says, "I'm upset because it happened like this about this time every year."

Gosvenor and neighbors were evacuated around noon. Folks packed their cars with valuables and watched the smoke from a safe distance for nearly eight hours until they were told it was safe to return.

Gosvenor adds, "I have lost two homes to fires in 1974 and 1984. We lost everything. Sunday, when they said evacuate, I didn't get anything else out, but the dogs."

Donate your coats, scarves

The 6th Annual Saline County Coat Closet is being held. Bring coats, jackets, hats, scarves, gloves, & mittens for men, women, and children of all ages.

Coats and other winter outerwear will be distributed to Saline County residents in need of warm clothing for winter. Items may be selected at the Gene Moss building from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19.

2010 Collection Sites:

Friday, October 15 - home football games for Bryant, Bauxite, Harmony Grove high schools

Monday, October 18 from 8am-8pm in the Gene Moss building at Benton's Tyndall Park