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Coats for Kids: The process of getting a coat to a kid in need

There is still time to donate a new or gently used coat.

Posted: Oct 2, 2019 6:15 PM

ROGUE VALLEY, Ore-- The process of the coat starts when you drop one off at a red barrel. 

Right now more than 60 red barrels can be found across Southern Oregon.  Every coat that is dropped off will go to a child in need to stay warm this winter.

One of the barrels is at the YMCA in Ashland. Michele Mitzel from the YMCA in Ashland says every kid should have a coat. "Our members and our staff have been buying new coats and cleaning out their coat closets." said Mitzel. She is the communications director and executive assistant at the YMCA in Ashland. 

Their barrel has already been emptied a couple of times. "They know that everyone of these coats will go to a child who needs one to get them through the winter." said Mitzel. 

When the barrel is emptied the coats are taken to be sorted and then cleaned. Coats donated in Jackson or Josephine county go to Southern Oregon Linen. "Which then go into our washers and go to our specialty driers" said Antonio Casillas. He is the Plant Manager. 

For the past two decades SOLS has been a part of the Coats for Kids Campaign. They wash every coat for free. "It's warming to our hearts to know that we are helping the community and all the children in need." said Casillas. 

Once all the coats are cleaned they are handed out across Southern Oregon. some of them go to the Boys and Girls Club in Talent. "It's important that we take care of our community." said Mitzel. 

If you haven't donated already you have until October 24th.

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