Galveston County Daily News, Oct. 30, 2006 Volunteers throughout Galveston County are collecting gently worn and new coats and sweaters for families in need during the colder weather. The Coats for Kids Drive, sponsored by the Galveston County Champions of Children, began in 1998 in response to a plea from Galveston Police Sgt. D. J. Alvarez. Those assisting this year include the Galveston Police Department, Galveston Fire Department, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, Galveston Independent School District, the University of Texas Medical Branch, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Galveston School Employees FCU, Galveston College, Galveston Housing Authority and the Ronald McDonald House.