Walla Walla Students Hold Blanket Drive

Students Collect Cold Weather Gear for Local Aid Centers and Portland Homeless

By: Hilary Nieland

Students deliver blankets to homeless

Walla Walla University students are once again collecting cold weather gear to distribute among local aid centers and Portland homeless.

Donations of new or gently used blankets, gloves, thick socks, sleeping bags, and other cold weather gear are accepted. Students will be going door-to-door in College Place and in parts of Walla Walla on Sabbath, Jan. 6 to place large plastic bags, donated by Crown Paper Products, on residents’ doorsteps for them to fill with donations. The following Sabbath, Feb. 2, students will return and collect the donations.

Drop-off locations include K-Mart, Andy’s Market, Blue Palm Frozen Yogurt, Positive Life Radio, Eastgate Seventh-day Adventist Church, Walla Walla University Church, as well as several locations on the WWU campus. For those who would like to donate but are unable to go to these locations, pick-ups can be arranged by calling 527-2010.

Last year over 400 blankets were collected and distributed between local organizations Helpline and Christian Aid Center, as well as Portland Rescue Mission. Student blanket drive coordinators this year are Rychelle Willis and Chelsea Moon. Local agencies needing blankets may call Ellie Veverka at 527-2102 to apply for assistance.

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