MEDFORD, Ore. — As the cold weather moves in, Providence Medical Center is helping to keep kids warm.
The medical center is contributing to NewsWatch 12′s Coats For Kids Drive with a donation bin on every floor of their hospital.
Social workers with the hospital say warm clothing can have a big impact on the health of families in need. Every coat donated can help kids stave off sickness and stay out of the emergency room.
“It could be a matter of a flu or a cold. To prevent that in the first place with something as simple as warm clothing can be fantastic,” said Emergency Department Social Worker, Kelly Barton.
Last year, Providence collected just over three hundred coats for the drive. They say they hope to do the same this year, but have a lot of work to do to get there.
If you’d like to donate, bring your old coats to providence or many of the other donation bins around the Rogue Valley. You can find a full list of locations by going here.