MEDFORD, Ore. — There is just over a week left to drop off your coats to help a child in need.
At the Bi-Mart on Biddle Road, donations have been coming in all day. One barrel was full by 11 a.m. on Tuesday and staff had to bring out a back-up to keep it from overflowing.
With the cold temperatures that come with the changing seasons, it’s becoming extra important to get these coats to kids who need them, especially for kids who walk to school.
The principal at Jackson Elementary said the majority of its students live within one mile of the school, so many of them walk or bike to school in the morning. She said school employees are working hard to make sure there will be plenty of coats to keep them warm this winter.
“They come to school really early, they start serving breakfast at 7:15, 7:30. Sometimes that’s a really cold walk in the morning. So coats, hats, gloves, scarves, all of that really helps them be more comfortable on their way to school,” said Jackson Elementary Principal Kelly Soter.
She said families that would like to sign up to receive a coat can stop in to the office of their local school and ask for more information. Each school should have its own system for signing up students and coordinating coats.
The Coats for Kids Drive runs until October 24th. For a list of drop-off locations, click here.