Clean, Used and New Coat Donations Accepted Through December 15

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(Courtesy of Krysta Lapcevic)
Wagner Ranch Girl Scouts collected 273 adult and youth coats for the One Warm Coat organization in October. The donated coats were given to the Dorothy Day House in Berkeley and the St. Vincent de Paul Shelter in Alameda. Led by second-grade Troop 31561, all Wagner Ranch troops joined to help during the carpool collections. Shown (L–R) are Beatrice Swaney, Finley Lapcevic and Vivienne Karmele.

    Is your closet overflowing with winter coats the kids have outgrown? Are you hanging on to a nice coat even though you haven’t worn it in years? Now is the time to declutter and donate clean, gently used warm coats to the One Warm Coat drive through Dec. 15.
    In partnership with The Orinda Association, the Orinda Teen Advisory Council (OTAC) is taking the leadership role for collection and distribution this year. Coats may be placed in the designated bin outside the OA office at 26 Orinda Way, weekdays from 9 – 4 p.m.
    Isabella Pier, a junior at Miramonte, chairs this OTAC project with fellow schoolmates Ava Dhaliwal, Maximus Metzgen, Zoe Petty, Courtney Scheingart, Katherine Scheingart and Louis Windhurst, along with middle school members Ava Pier and Freida Vierra.
    Students from Acalanes, The Athenian School and Stanford Online High School round out the membership, which is part of the Orinda Parks and Recreation Department with Matt Delmartini as coordinator.
    “This is a great idea to help communities who have a need,” said Isabella Pier. “Obviously, Orinda kids outgrow their coats and we want to collect and distribute them. Let us not forget parents and their larger coats.”
    Coats will be donated to Shelter, Inc. in Concord.

Kathy Enzerink can be reached at kathy@theorindanews.com.

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