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The club will collect coats, socks gloves, mittens and scarves at three locations in town

COURTESY PHOTO - The coat and sock drive will take place Nov. 13 to Dec. 13.

As Diane Mead noted, a new coat or fresh pair of mittens could make the world of difference for someone in need.

This is why the Lake Oswego Lions Club and the Vision Envoy Club Branch is hosting its annual winter coat and sock drive. Community members can drop off items from Nov. 13 to Dec. 13 at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, the fire department station at 300 B Avenue and the Lake Oswego Public Library.

The lions club requests new coats, gloves, mittens and scarves for children and youth. The clothing will be delivered via the Bethlehem House of Bread in Tigard to people in need.

"Children and their families who are living below the poverty level need assistance, and this is one way to assist them and have a safer and stronger community as we help people get into a position where they can help themselves," Mead said. "(There are) children and youth who don't do well in school because they're too cold. When someone donates a coat or mittens or hat, that person is donating something to help make someone else have a better life and maybe be a better citizen."

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