The Back Mountain Police Association recently held its annual “Warm Coats For Kids” coat drive, which benefited children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge program. Approximately 400 coats were then distributed at a Christmas party, which took place at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, in the former St. Aloysius School, in Wilkes-Barre. Children at the party received winter coats and were also treated to pizza, cookies, drinks, holiday gift stockings, a DJ and a visit from Santa. In addition, members of the St. Robert Bellarmine Parish Youth Group collected hats, gloves and scarves for the children, which were also distributed at the party. Shown, from left are members of the Back Mountain Police Association: Mark Liparela, Tom Casey, Mike Pevear, Alaisha Sherwood, Ross Piazza, chairman of the Warm Coat Drive; David Rinehimer; Michael Huntzinger, president; Jeff Carter, Franklin Buckler, Gina Kotowski, membership secretary; Darren Kramer, secretary; John Fuches, vice president; Katlin Clark, Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge; Amanda Sivco, Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge. Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge is a program of Catholic Social Services and works in partnership with the United Way of The Wyoming Valley. For information, call (570) 824-8756 or visit