Catholic Charities, Eagle County Law Enforcement Immigrant Alliance launch annual coat drive
Ninth annual drive runs Oct. 21-Nov. 6, with distribution set for Nov. 8-9
EAGLE — Catholic Charities and the Eagle County Law Enforcement Immigrant Alliance have given away thousands of coats over the last eight years and they’re collecting coats again to give away more.
Their ninth annual Fall Coat Drive starts Monday and runs through Nov. 6.
The Law Enforcement Immigrant Alliance, founded and facilitated by Catholic Charities, consists of representatives from the immigrant community who meet regularly with the heads of Eagle County’s law enforcement agencies. The agencies’ goal is to share resources, information and build trust and collaboration with the immigrant community, said Megan Bonta with Catholic Charities. Participating agencies include Catholic Charities, Vail Police Department, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Avon Police Department, Eagle Police Department, Salvation Army, Bright Future Foundation, YouthPower365, Eagle County Schools and several community members.
Over the last several years, this coat drive has distributed more than 4,000 coats to local kids and families in need. Organizers tend to focus on kids coats and outer winter gear, Bonta said. However, adult coats, snow pants, snow boots and gloves are also being collected and distributed. Coats are being collected at these locations:
- Vail: Vail Police Department, 75 S. Frontage Road
- Avon: Avon Police Department, 60 Buck Creek Road
- Edwards: Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Substation in the Mountain Recreation Fieldhouse in Edwards, 450 Miller Ranch Road
- Eagle: Eagle Police Department, 200 Broadway
- Gypsum: Gypsum Recreation Center, 0052 Lundgren Blvd.
- 1st Bank locations in Eagle County.
Donated coats should be clean and good condition.
Families that need coats can come to the Eagle River Presbyterian Church at 455 Nottingham Ranch Road in Avon from 3-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9.
To volunteer, sign up at Signup Genius, or contact Megan Bonta at 970-949-0405 or via email at email@example.com.