The Dodge City Public Library, in coordination with the Credit Union of Dodge City and Genesis, is launching their Warm Winter Project that is under way now and running through Dec. 21.

Patrons and the community-at-large are encouraged to donate blankets, hats, scarves, coats and mittens to go toward those in need through the winter season.

Martha Bell, executive officer and branch manager of the Credit Union of Dodge City reports that they were able to give away over 450 warm winter coats last year and were able to serve school children from around Southwest Kansas.

"We try to give each child a coat, hat and pair of gloves," Bell said. "School size gloves are especially appreciated due to the demand, but all items are accepted and valued."

Elva Dominguez from Genesis Family Health shares that they have been able to distribute blankets to families in need over the last three years and are excited to participate in this project again.

Warm winter items are gratefully accepted at the Dodge City Public Library and can be dropped off or placed underneath the Christmas tree. Items will be distributed on Dec. 21.

"This is a great way to allow the community to give back while enjoying the spirit of Christmas," said Brooke Zarko, youth and family services coordinator for the Dodge City Public Library.