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Salvation Army prepares to distribute winter coats for Jackson County kids

The coats purchased from this year's 'Coats for Kids' campaign will be distributed on Saturday at the Jackson County Expo.

Posted: Jan 28, 2021 4:08 PM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — This year's socially distanced Coats for Kids campaign culminates on Saturday as the Salvation Army distributes coats to local families in need at the Expo.

Coats for Kids is an annual campaign helmed by NewsWatch 12 that connects kids in need with winter coats donated by members of the community. Usually coats are donated directly and then distributed by community partners, but the coronavirus pandemic necessitated some changes to how donations are gathered and distributed.

For the 2020 campaign, NewsWatch 12 viewers contributed more than $80,000 toward purchasing new, warm winter coats for local kids in need. Saturday's event is intended to serve any family in Jackson County who hasn't already received coats from this year's campaign.

"We don’t want any child to be cold due to not having a coat," said Major Jason Koenig, coordinator for the Salvation Army in Medford.

The Salvation Army is holding a one-day event to distribute coats to children in need. The event is set for Saturday, January 30 at the Jackson County Expo parking lot between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. It will be a drive-thru distribution event to provide coats for kids 17 and under.

The event is being managed with COVID-19 safety in mind. Here's how it will work for people who plan to attend:

  • Drive up through Gate 3
  • Fill out a brief one page application that includes each child’s coat size
  • Volunteers will pull the coat(s) from racks according to gender and size, place them into a bag, and give them to the parent waiting in their car
  • No exchanges or returns due to Covid-19
  • Volunteers will wear masks

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