The local branch of Knights of Columbus donated two-dozen pink and blue jackets Saturday to Bicoastal Media’s Coats for Kids campaign.
The radio network began calling for new or gently used waterproof jackets and coats of all sizes on Nov. 1 and will be collecting them at various locations from Klamath to Port Orford through Dec. 29, said General Manager Rob Reed.
The coats and jackets will be distributed when the campaign comes to a close. Reed said Bicoastal Media will also distribute coats to local Head Start programs and Family Resource Center of the Redwoods the week of Christmas.
“The big kick off we were happy with,” Reed said. “An anonymous donor dropped off 85 brand new (coats) the opening weekend.”
Reed said Bicoastal Media is hoping to collect more coats than last year. Del Norte and Curry counties donated 2,000 coats last year.
New and gently used coats will be accepted at the following locations: Pem Mey Fuel Mart in Klamath; Cholwell, Benz & Hartwick in Crescent City and Brookings; Meagan Curtis, Edward Jones in Crescent City; Recology Del Norte in Crescent City; SeaQuake in Crescent City; Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation on Rowdy Creek Road in Smith River; Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City and Brookings; Del Norte Office Supply in Crescent City; and Blue Star Gas in Crescent City.
In Oregon, coats will be accepted at Coos Curry Electric in Brookings, Gold Beach and Port Orford; Cholwell, Benz & Hartwick in Crescent City and Brookings; Curry Medical Center in Brookings; Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach; Rogue Credit Union in Harbor, Brookings, Gold Beach and Port Orford; Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City and Brookings; and McMurry & Sons, Brookings-Harbor.
The Coats for Kids campaign started in 1994 with KPOD 97.9 Country and has since included AM 1240 News TALK Sports and KCRE 94.3 Hits and Favorites.