Winter apparel can 'officially' be placed on downtown statues starting Wednesday

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Winter apparel items can officially be placed on downtown statues beginning Wednesday, November 15.

This is the third winter season such items as gloves, scarves, ear muffs and hats have been approved for placement on the statues. Mayor Steve Allender authorized the placement of winter apparel items on downtown statues in November 2015 and the City Council approved the resolution in April 2016 allowing items to be placed on the statues from November 15-March 15.

During wintry conditions, the items are often taken soon after placement by individuals who need them. Churches, schools and other organizations have joined in the random placement of apparel items on statues by local residents.

Authorized placement of winter apparel items on the downtown statues also coincides with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, this year observed November 11-19.

"Allowing the placement of winter apparel items on the statues fosters awareness of the homeless situation in our community," said Mayor Allender. "The response from the community has been tremendous."

After March 15, any items placed on the statues will be removed.