Roseville firefighters and police host winter clothing drive

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published November 29, 2019

 The Roseville Fire Department is encouraging the public to donate winter clothing for those in need.

The Roseville Fire Department is encouraging the public to donate winter clothing for those in need.

Photo provided by William Ciner

 Members of the Roseville Police Department stand by one of the collection boxes that they and the Roseville Fire Department have put out to collect winter clothing.

Members of the Roseville Police Department stand by one of the collection boxes that they and the Roseville Fire Department have put out to collect winter clothing.

Photo provided by William Ciner

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Fire Department and the Roseville Police Department are asking the public to be generous this holiday season and donate to a winter clothing drive.

The two departments are collecting items through the city’s tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at City Hall, 29777 Gratiot Ave. They are looking for any new or gently used winter clothing, such as coats, gloves and cold-weather hats.

“Mostly, we are looking for winter clothing — scarves, boots, coats and other outerwear,” said firefighter Jeff Packett, who helped organize the drive. “We have donation boxes in the lobbies of the Police Department, Fire Department and City Hall. We also will be holding a collection at the tree lighting on Dec. 5.”

The departments wanted to ensure that those in need in the community had another resource for battling the cold weather.

“It’s the first year we’ve done it,” said Roseville Fire Prevention Officer William Ciner. “We’ve been going to the schools and going out in the community, and it seemed like there was a need for it.”

Although the departments hadn’t run a winter clothing drive before, each year they try to organize a charitable program.

“We accomplished a lot last year sponsoring families, giving them support around the holidays, so we wanted to do something else to help out this year,” said Packett.

Both Packett and Ciner said the program has been successful so far, and they want people to see the difference that a single donation can make to someone in need.

“We’ve had a lot of people donating so far,” Packett remarked. “We’re hoping more people will dig down deep, try to help and do their part for someone else.”

“It doesn’t have to be new (clothing),” added Ciner. “A gently used coat or pair of gloves could be huge for people.”

The winter clothing drive is one of several programs Roseville’s first responders are working on this year to help those in need. It will end with a collection at the Roseville tree lighting, and they hope people will come out and contribute at the event.

“We’re accepting donations up until Dec. 5,” said Ciner. “We also gave away 30 Thanksgiving turkeys, and we’re sponsoring seven families from the elementary schools in the district to help them with utilities and other holiday necessities.”