GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- You still have time to help keep kids warm this winter! There are more than 50 Coats for Kids drop-off locations across Jackson, Josephine and Klamath Counties. One of those drop-off locations is at the Boys & Girls Club of the Rogue Valley in Grants Pass. NewsWatch 12's Coats for Kids Campaign will last until Oct. 24.
The Boys & Girls Club of the Rogue Valley placed their collection barrel right by the front door. You can drop new or gently used coats in the barrel. They'll be picked up by Remax agents, cleaned by Southern Oregon Linen and then given to kids in need. Many of the donated coats go to students who attend the Boys & Girls Club's after-school program.
Parents said it means a lot for the club to go one step further and help kids stay warm during the winter.
"Oh, it's amazing," said club parent Briana Friend. "Being a parent is expensive. Being a parent of boys is very expensive because they eat a lot. Any area I can cut down costs is super helpful."
People who work at the Boys & Girls Club said that this campaign can be used as a teaching moment.
"A big part of our programming at the Boys & Girls Club of the Rogue Valley is not only thinking about yourself, but how you can care for others," said Executive Director Greg Roe. "We focus our attention on your treatment of other children."
The Boys & Girls Club of the Rogue Valley has helped NewsWatch 12 collect coats for about a decade. Last year, they collected about 750 coats.
For more information about the different Coats for Kids drop-off locations click here.