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Local bank helping those in need keep warm this winter

Throughout the month of October, American West Bank branches in Mabton and Sunnyside collected coats for Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services.

This past Friday it was time to collect the cold-weather clothing, as representatives from the Sunnyside-based non-profit met with bank officials in Sunnyside to gather the coats.

A total of 22 coats were collected, in addition to big bags of hats, scarves and blankets that were collected during the drive by the Mabton and Sunnyside banks.

Sandy Purcell is the financial center manager for American West Bank in Sunnyside, and she said this was the first time the bank had done a coat drive for this particular cause.

The timing couldn't have been better for the drive, as the month of October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

In addition, winter weather is fast approaching and temperatures have already dipped below freezing.

In fact, Mary Mion, a domestic violence advocate for Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services, said there is such a need for coats and cold weather clothing that some of the items collected Friday already had a destination.

"We already have some bodies to put into these warm coats," she smiled.

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