Catholic Charities, Vail Valley police departments launch annual coat drive
EAGLE COUNTY — Catholic Charities and the Eagle County Law Enforcement Immigrant Advisory Committee are sponsoring the seventh annual Fall Coat Drive. Over the past several years, this coat drive has distributed more than 3,500 coats to local kids and families in need. Coats are being collected through Oct. 31 at the following locations:
• Vail: Vail Police Department, 75 South Frontage Road.
• Eagle-Vail: The Vail Church, 39209 U.S. Highway 6.
• Avon: Avon Police Department, 0001 Lake St.
• Edwards: Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Substation in the Edwards Fieldhouse, 450 Miller Ranch Road.
• Eagle: Eagle Police Department, 200 Broadway.
• Gypsum: Gypsum Recreation Center, 0052 Lundgren Boulevard.
• All Eagle County 1st Bank locations.
The community is encouraged to donate clean coats in good condition. The group is especially hoping to collect children’s winter jackets, snow pants, hats, gloves and boots. People in need of a coat should contact Catholic Charities, 970-384-2060.
The Law Enforcement Immigrant Advisory Committee, an initiative founded by Catholic Charities, consists of representatives of the immigrant community who meet on a regular basis with the heads of law enforcement in Eagle County. They provide resources and information through education and outreach to build trust and collaboration with the immigrant community. Participating agencies include the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Vail Police Department, Avon Police Department, Eagle Police Department, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, Bright Future Foundation, YouthPower365, the Eagle County Schools and several community members.
Gov. Jared Polis has lauded Summit County’s health care purchasing collaborative as a “transformative” step toward lowering the cost of health care. Officials in Eagle County are now hoping they can adopt a similar model for residents here.