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Community's gift of warmth

With clothing left over, second distribution event may be coming up soon

 Abby Randall, 2, models a Tinker Bell sweat shirt she picked out Saturday during the distribution at the Family Resource Center.
Abby Randall, 2, models a Tinker Bell sweat shirt she picked out Saturday during the distribution at the Family Resource Center. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Kids often outgrow clothes faster than a family’s pocketbook can keep up, but thanks to last weekend’s Coats for Kids event, dozens of families will be able to have some warmth  and relief — at least for this winter.

Some 435 coats and jackets were distributed to needy families and individuals Saturday, and with hundreds of coats left over, organizers are considering holding another distribution.

Tables full of hundreds of coats were stacked high at the First 5 Family Resource Center with a variety of sizes and styles for the taking.

“Everyone that came got numerous coats,” said Stuart Nichols, interim director of the Community Assistance Network, which organized the event.  “We trust they’ll serve a good purpose.”

The Coats for Kids Campaign received a record 1,484 donated coats for this year’s distribution.

Stuart Nichols sorts through donated jackets Saturday.
Stuart Nichols sorts through donated jackets Saturday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Nichols said that there may be another distribution in either Smith River or the Hidden Creek apartments.

Community partners that helped make it happen include BiCoastal Media, Cholwell, Benz  & Hartwick, Curry Health Network, Del Norte Ambulance, First 5 Del Norte, Lucky 7 Casino, North Valley Bank, Pacific Power, Recology Del Norte, Rogue Credit Union, Sutter Coast Hospital and many other community sponsors and donations.

“A lot of families came out and took advantage of it,” Nichols said.

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