The Wallowa County Rotary Club, in partnership with Building Healthy Families, has both new and donated coats available for area children and adults through the Coats for Kids Program.
They are asking local citizens to donate warm coats, gloves, and hats for distribution in Wallowa County. They are looking for warm, clean coats for kids and adults. Childrens’ coats are especially in need.
Coat drop boxes are located at Safeway and the Bank of Eastern Oregon in Enterprise, and the Community Bank branch in Joseph. Wallowa residents are asked to donate coats directly to the Wallowa Resale Store on Main Street.
This program typically distributes two hundred coats each fall.
The Rotary Club now distributes new coats through area schools and Building Healthy Families. Using input from area teachers and social workers, approximately 75 new coats will be distributed this fall.
Wallowa County Rotarians and local benefactors donate approximately $2,000 each year to purchase coats. Marilyn Dalton of Building Healthy Families purchases the warm winter coats and hooded sweat shirts in a variety of sizes and colors based on specific student needs.
In Enterprise the coats are currently available at the Wallowa Valley Professional Building on the corner of First and Greenwood streets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday; the Community Retail Store on Main in Wallowa. New items will be added as they become available until the end of November.
If anyone needs a coat but is unable to travel to the distribution spots, or does not find the correct size, contact Marilyn at Building Healthy Families, (541) 426-9411 or Rob at (541) 432-4343.