Community Assistance Program launches winter coat drive for 2015

By Katelyn Doggett

The Community Assistance Program (CAP) and Interfaith Coalition returns with its annual winter coat drive, with more donation locations than previous years.

Drop off new or gently used clean coats at one of 10 local businesses, most local churches or the CAP Clothing Bank located at 500 C Street September 1 through October 11.

Partnering with local businesses provides more convenient donation hours and helps emphasize the community nature of donating coats, said CAP executive director Dan DeMent.

Unused coats are found in many people’s closets, and the coat drive encourages finding a use for them by donating them to local people in need during the winter, DeMent said.

The collection goal is 300–400 coats that will be distributed starting October 13.

In the spirit of providing for the community, CAP will resume serving community meals every Wednesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Blaine Community and Senior Center located at 763 G Street starting September 9.

Community meals provide an opportunity to connect with other community members while enjoying a free, nutritious meal. Donations are accepted, and anyone is invited to attend.

CAP is the collective effort of Blaine area churches, civic organizations and individuals working to meet the needs of the community.

For questions about the winter coat drive call DeMent at 360/366-5209. Questions about community meals can be directed to communitymealsblaine@gmail.com.

Drop off coats at the following locations during business hours:

CAP Clothing Bank

Blaine Visitor Information

Center

Pacific Building Center

Banner Bank

Umpqua Bank

Washington Federal

Blaine-Birch Bay Park and

Recreation District 2

Semiahmoo Resort

Association

Blaine Senior Center

Blaine Library

Birch Bay Village Social Club

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