WWU Holding Community Blanket Drive
Students Collect Cold Weather Gear for Local, Portland Needs
By: Rosa Jimenez
Volunteers will be collecting new or gently used blankets, sleeping bags, and cold weather apparel for the 5th annual Blanket Drive. Sponsored by the Chaplain’s Office, the drive will be held from Nov. 12 through Feb. 8, 2013. The blankets will be distributed through local service agencies and also at Portland Rescue Mission.
University students will be going door-to-door in College Place and parts of Walla Walla and placing large plastic bags (donated by Crown Paper Products) for residents to fill with new, or gently used, blankets, sleeping bags, warm coats, hats, gloves, and thick socks.
On Saturday, Nov. 10, students will go out to collect the bags. Bag collection will be repeated in different areas on Jan. 12 and 19.
Communty member can also bring their donations and drop them off at the followig locations: K-Mart, Andy’s Market, Blue Palm Frozen Yogurt, Positive Life Radio, Eastgate Seventh-day Adventist Church, Walla Walla University Church, and several locations on the WWU campus. For those who want to donate, but are unable to get to any of these locations, they can call 527-2010 and have someone pick up donations. Donations can also be dropped off at the Chaplain’s Office, 301 S. College Ave., College Place, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays.
Last year more than 400 blankets, plus nearly 30 sleeping bags, were donated. Approximately 200 were distributed locally to Helpline and Christian Aid Center, with the rest delivered to Portland Rescue Mission over President’s Weekend in February. Any other local agency needing help with blankets may call Ellie Veverka at 527-2102 to apply for assistance. Student Blanket Drive coordinators this year are Rychelle Willis and Chelsea Moon.