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Clackamas Sunrise Rotary hopes to deliver another 50 in January after a successful donation drive.

COURTESY PHOTO - Clackamas Sunrise Rotary member Kathy Harrison, right, shows off coats to give away in the Milwaukie area.Clackamas Sunrise Rotary continues to try to help the community during these wild times, including with its annual coat drive for schoolchildren in need.

This month, club members distributed 65 coats and hope to deliver about another 50 in January.

"Our goal was to primarily serve the elementary age kids in our area, but we were able to give coats to just a few toddlers from coats we had left from last year," said club member Erin Mitchell. "What made this year special is that we worked so closely with Clackamas Service Center, thanks to member Krista Harper, who works there."

Mitchell noticed more hands-on participation this year with club members out looking for good coat deals, whether it be at Costco, Walmart, Target, etc., rather than just donating funds to buy coats from Operation Warm, as members have done in the recent past. Julie Caldwell was credited as the club's "super shopper" to fill requests. Operation Warm still had discount coat prices that helped the Rotary program with costs, but with often a more limited selection.

COURTESY PHOTO - Rotary Club members Renee Taylor and Kathy Harrison gave away coats to families at Lot Whitcomb Elementary, partnering with Clackamas Service Center."This made it a bit more personable for our members to seek out good-looking coats," Mitchell said. "This has actually been a real positive also in that there has been much more of a variety of coat styles and colors for the kids."

Rotary's program got a $1,000 matching grant, $900 donated from club members and 15 actual coats donated.


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