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Keeping People Warm One Coat at a Time

Friday, January 4th, 2013 | Posted by

 Sonoma County Adult and Youth Development (SCAYD), along with the Cotati-Rohnert Park Realtors Association, is holding their 8th annual Coat Giveaway that provides warm winter coats for families or individuals in both Rohnert Park and Cotati.

“Last year we received just over 300 coats from various places such as the Cotati-Rohnert Park Realtors Association, as well as various collection sites such as Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District, and private donors. All of the coats were gone within the first hour and half,” said Jim Gattis, Executive Director of SCAYD.

The idea behind the program is to provide coats for the neediest families in Rohnert Park, usually very low income and homeless individuals.

The Coat Giveaway will take place on Friday, Jan. 11 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the SCAYD office. The office is located at 7345 Burton Avenue next to the gym on the Mountain Shadows Educational Center. They politely ask the people do not arrive early.

While Starbucks and other local contributors have ended their collections at this point, people are more than welcome to drop off coats at the SCAYD office up until 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 11.

Any size coat works. Usually there is a shortage of kid’s coats and adult men’s sizes but so far this year donations have yielded quite a spread. Along with providing much needed coats to those in need, it can also be a valuable learning opportunity for kids and teenagers to participate in a program to give back to the less fortunate.

SCAYD serves a diverse population in Rohnert Park and Cotati, offering help to youth and adults who have significant difficulties in their life, whether that involves being homeless, having drug issues, and many more issues.

For questions regarding the Coat Giveaway you can contact SCAYD at (707) 793-9030 or visit them on their website at SCAYD.org for more information about community services they offer.

Do you have information about a Rohnert Park event or story? Send an e-mail to rparktowns@gmail.com and let us know about it!

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Nick Walden is our Rohnert Park + Cotati correspondent.
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