Each year the Kemper County Civic League chooses one big project for Christmas.
This year it decided to collect coats for children in Kiln, Miss., which was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.
"We got online and found a school that was destroyed and their major need was coats," said June Aust of the Kemper County Civic League.
Residents are encouraged to drop off new or used coats, in good condition, at the EMEPA office in DeKalb.
If you don't have a used coat or the time to pick up a new one, monetary donations will be used to purchase new coats for the children and faculty of Hancock North Central Elementary School.
"There are about 800 children and we know that Kemper Countians would help us collect those coats and they are really responding," said Civic League member Margaret Womble.
Civic League members will be collecting coats through Nov. 28. After that, the 367th National Guard Unit will pick up the coats and deliver them directly to the adopted school.
"The National Guard will take the coats and jackets down to the coast for us. They'll be leaving about a week from today," said Womble.
The EMEPA office will be collecting coats until then. However, it will be closed on Thanksgiving.