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Club members deliver coats to low-income housing complex in time for this holiday season

On Nov. 8 Clackamas Sunrise Rotary members filled a school bus and delivered winter coats to a local affordable housing complex opened in 2016 near Clackamas Town Center.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Clackamas Sunrise Rotary member Ryan Hahn helps a young resident of the Clackamas Town Center Court Apartments pick out a new free coat courtesy of the clubs fundraising efforts.Many kids living at the Town Center Courtyard apartments received their first warm coat.

Members of the club acted as personal shoppers helping kids pick out their size and favorite color from the 120 coats made available to the youth.

Clackamas Sunrise Rotary member Erin Mitchell said the club began its partnership with Operation Warm three years ago and has now helped over 500 kids through a partnership with the North Clackamas School District.

"Through a partnership with Operation Warm, a nonprofit group started by a Rotary member in 1998, Rotarians have now helped improve the lives of over 3 million kids living in poverty," Mitchell said.

Some of those same kids receiving coats recently got their first book — a dictionary — donated by Rotarians as well. Club members have continued a longstanding tradition of donating dictionaries to every third-grade student in the Rex Putnam High School feeder system each fall.

All contributions made through Rotary at RotaryCoatsForKids.com go directly to coats for kids in the local Clackamas County area. Fundraising for coats will continue through December.

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