COLLEGE PLACE — Volunteers will collect blankets, sleeping bags and cold weather apparel for the 5th annual Blanket Drive sponsored by chaplain’s office of Walla Walla University. The drive will be held Nov. 12 and through Feb. 8. The blankets will be distributed through local service agencies and at Portland Rescue Mission.
College students went door-to-door in College Place and parts of Walla Walla on Saturday to place 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 Nov. 10, students will collect the filled bags. 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, as well as several locations on the WWU campus. Donations can be dropped off at the Chaplain’s Office, 301 S. College Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays.
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.
Last year more than 400 blankets and nearly 30 sleeping bags were collected. Approximately 200 of the items were distributed locally to Helpline and Christian Aid Center, with the remainder delivered to Portland Rescue Mission. Any local agency needing help with blankets, may call Ellie Veverka at 527-2102 to apply. Student Blanket Drive coordinators this year are Rychelle Willis and Chelsea Moon.