Northwest NEWS

December 27, 1999

Home & Garden

Coats for Kids Drive

   A joint effort of businesses and non-profits are working together to encourage Puget Sound residents to recycle children's coats for the needy during the eighth annual "Coats for Kids" drive from January 10 through January 23.

   The goal is to collect at least 4,000 coats. People can drop of new or gently-used coats at 66 Western Washington Papa Murphy's locations. Coats can also be dropped off at UPN/11-TV studios in Tacoma or Seattle. Once collected, the coats will be cleaned free of charge by Aramark and given to Society of St Vincent dePaul, Seattle Council, in King County and United Way of Pierce County for distribution to low income families.

   UPN/11 is the annual sponsor of the Coats for Kids project, which is now in its 8th year. Coats for Kids' drive is held in January so people who receive new coats during the holidays can donate their used or new coats to help needy kids.

   "This is a great way to kick-off the new millennium by helping our neighbors in need. Almost every family can participate and make a difference," states Richard Bray, Community Relations Director for the St. Vincent dePaul Society, Seattle Council.

   St. Vincent dePaul in King County, United Way in Pierce County, and non-profit children's organizations in Whatcom County will distribute the coats to needy children. For information, contact Shelly Cano, UPN/11, at (253) 572-5789, ext. 314.