Local churches pray for meth recovery

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Local churches are hoping the power of prayer will work wonders on those involved with methamphetamine use in the area.

They are taking part in "A Focused Month of CPR ... Christian Praying for Recovery," throughout the month of October.

"October is going to be a special month through COMA, etc. dealing with ... the meth problem locally," said David Carrick, senior minister at First Christian Church.

COMA, or Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse, has community education activities planned for the month, so Carrick said it's the ideal opportunity for churchgoers to get involved.

"We're encouraging all the churches locally to at least have some special prayer," Carrick said.

Carrick said prayer should focus on those addicted to meth and those trying to help addicts, as well as those indirectly involved with the problem, such as law enforcement officers.

For more information on the month of prayer, call First Christian Church at 824-6024.

Love INC sponsors annual coat drive

Love INC (Love In the Name of Christ) of the Yampa Valley is sponsoring a community coat drive.

Donations of coats and outdoor apparel will be accepted through Oct. 7. They will be cleaned and distributed to anyone in the Yampa Valley who needs a coat.

Organizers are asking specifically for XL and XXL size adult coats and coats of all sizes for children. They request no sweaters or other clothing, but mittens, gloves, hats and ski pants are accepted.

To donate, take items to:

n Loyd's Cleaners, 552 Breeze St.

n First Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way

n Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave.

n First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth St.

n Hayden Congregational Church (UCC), 202 Jefferson Ave., Hayden

n Love INC of the Yampa Valley, 656 School St.

The first set for distribution dates have been scheduled. Anyone, regardless of income, may get a free coat. Residents are limited to one coat per person per year.

The first distribution dates are:

n 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 9, 11, 16 and 18 -- Hayden Congregational Church (UCC), 202 Jefferson Ave., Hayden

n Oct. 23 to 27, and Oct. 30 to Nov. 4, 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday and Nov. 4 -- Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave.

n Oct. 28, times TBA -- Rangely City Hall building, 209 E. Main, Rangely.

For more information on the coat drive, call Love INC at 826-4400 between 2 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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