The large plastic bags that households in College Place and parts of Walla Walla find at their doors Saturday are for new or gently used blankets, sleeping bags and cold-weather apparel needed for the fifth annual Walla Walla University chaplain’s office-sponsored Blanket Drive.
College students will distribute the bags, donated by Crown Paper Products, on Saturday for residents to fill with blankets, sleeping bags, warm coats, hats, gloves and thick socks. The drive will run Nov. 12-Feb. 8.
Students will return to collect filled bags on Nov. 10. Bag collection will be repeated in different areas on Jan. 12 and 19.
Other collection locations are Kmart, Andy’s Market, Blue Palm Frozen Yogurt, Positive Life Radio, Eastgate Seventh-day Adventist Church, Walla Walla University Church and several WWU campus locations.
Donations may be made by calling 527-2010 to have someone pick them up or dropped off at the Chaplain’s Office, 301 S. College Ave., College Place, between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon Fridays.
More than 400 blankets and nearly 30 sleeping bags were collected in 2011. Approximately 200 of those were distributed to Helpline and Christian Aid Center, with the remainder delivered to Portland Rescue Mission over President’s Weekend in February.
Other local agencies 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.