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80 coats collected so far; drive helps local people in need stay warm

The Town of Friday Harbor and the San Juan Island Family Resource Center are collecting clean, gently used coats and jackets as part of the One Warm Coat community service project. Coats of all shapes and sizes are welcome.

Town Permit Technician Roxanna Zalmanek told the Town Council Wednesday that 80 coats had been donated so far.

One Warm Coat is dedicated to distributing reusable coats, free of charge, directly to local children and adults. The program is an easy way for you and your family to pass along coats and jackets that you no longer need.

The Town of Friday Harbor and the San Juan Island Family Resource Center have made donating a coat simple. Just bring your clean, gently used coats and jackets to the Town Hall Administration Office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Nov. 12. The Town and the Family Resource Center will take care of the rest; all donated coats will be given to the Family Resource Center for distribution to local people in need.

“More people than ever need help these days," said Sherri Wood, president and national coordinator for One Warm Coat.

"I am proud to be of the thousands of coat drive organizers whose creativity and generosity of spirit are making a real difference in their own communities.”

One Warm Coat is national non-profit organization that supports and encourages coat drives. It helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies that distribute the coats free to people in need.

More than one million coats have been provided to those in need at no cost since its inception in 1992.

For more information, contact Amy Taylor, 378-2810, amyt@fridayharbor.org; or Roxanna Zalmanek, 378-2810, roxz@fridayharbor.org.

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