Clackamas Fire has launched a campaign throughout the month of June titled "Vest Up! Always Wear your Life Jacket!"
In collaboration with Meg's Moments for Life Jackets Inc., the campaign will collect new, adult and child-size life jackets that are U.S. Coast Guard approved.
Life jackets can be dropped off at any Clackamas Fire District #1 fire station and division offices during the month of June. The collected donations will be given to Meg's Moments for Life Jackets Inc. to distribute at a free 9 a.m. giveaway Saturday, July 7, at Barton Park, 19009 S.E. Barton Park Road, Boring.
Meg's Moments is a nonprofit organization created in honor of Meagan O'Meara Clark, who drowned while rafting on the Clackamas River on July 5, 2013. O'Meara Clark, 26, was not wearing a life jacket when she drowned.
Each year on the anniversary of O'Meara Clark's death, Meg's Moments gives away free life jackets at Barton Park in the hopes of saving lives and preventing drownings. The campaign has given out over 1,600 life jackets in the past four years.
For more information on Clackamas Fire's campaign, visit clackamasfire.com. For information on Meg's Moments or to learn about other ways to donate, visit gofundme.com/VestUp2018 or facebook.com/groups/918004358238339.