Coats For Kids: How It Works

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MEDFORD, Ore. – The Coats For Kids Campaign is just about half-way through and donations are still needed. There are just two weeks left to donate a gently used or new coat to help a local child in need.

Once a coat leaves a donor’s hand, the donated coat has a long journey before it ends up on a local child in need. In Jackson County, the first stop is Windermere Real Estate, where coats are already taking over. Next, Windermere volunteers pack up their cars, filling them to the brim, usually about once a week through the month, but this week will be a little different.

Thousands of coats then make their way from Medford, to White City, to Southern Oregon Linen Services. That’s where the cleaners step in to not only wash and dry the coats, but workers also make sure the coats are presentable, putting them on hangers and making sure they’re ready to wear. The coats are then ready for their next stop. The bags full of clean coats then are sorted, bundled and sent to our local children in need.

A community effort to keep even more local children warm this winter. Those are just a few of our partners, several community organizations work with us on Coats For Kids. You still have two weeks to donate a gently used or new coat at any location with a red barrel. A full list of donation sites can be found here. Our campaign runs through October 25th.

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