ATLANTIC CITY — A clothing giveaway Saturday helped more than 200 people in need keep warm this holiday season.

Friends Jason Smart-El and Elder James Pressley Sr. asked for clothing donations including hats, scarves, gloves and coats, and volunteers distributed them at Turning Point Day Center on Bishop Richard Allen Drive.

The two were inspired to host the event Nov. 25 because the date marked the one-year anniversary of the death of their close friend Demond “Oskii” Cottman.

Cottman was shot and killed in the Hamilton Mall parking lot early Black Friday 2016.

Smart-El said he chose the date for the clothing giveaway to honor Cottman and to “bring positivity to his name” and to his family. The two had been planning mentoring and community service events before his death, Smart-El said.

Takimah Toulson, Cottman’s wife, said Saturday the event lifted her spirits. She and Cottman’s 18-month-old son, Ayyub Cottman, both volunteered at the event.

“This is the type of stuff he was into,” she said. “It’s an honor.”

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Covering breaking news for The Press of Atlantic City since September 2016. Graduate of the University of Maryland, Central Jersey native.

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