Local winter coat drive under way

The Wallowa County Rotary Club, in partnership with Building Healthy Families, has both new and donated coats available for local children and adults.

Sponsors are asking local residents to donate warm coats, gloves and hats for distribution to Wallowa County children and adults in need. This popular program typically distributes 200 coats each fall. As part of his senior project, Jake Chrisman of Joseph Charter School is assisting this year, working with residents and area high schools to increase donations.

In addition to the traditional donated Coats for Kids Program, the Rotary Club now distributes new coats through area schools and Building Healthy Families. Approximately 75 new coats will be distributed this fall. Individual Wallowa County Rotarians and local benefactors donate approximately $2,000 each year to purchase these coats. Marilyn Dalton of Building Healthy Families purchases the warm winter coats and hooded sweatshirts in a variety of sizes and colors based on specific student needs.

Donation details:

• 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.

• Please donate warm, clean coats for kids and/or adults (particularly kids’ coats).

• 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 through Friday. In Wallowa coats are available at the Community Retail Store on Main. New items will be added as they become available until the end of November.

• Anyone in need of a coat is welcome to select one from the display racks. The program’s motto is: “If it fits, it’s yours!”

• 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.

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