Auburn area groups gather coats, clothes for less fortunate

Gottschalks’ closure reduced donations
By: Max Puckett Journal Correspondent
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Auburn community groups are uniting to bring warm clothes to the less fortunate as the cold weather arrives. The Auburn Rotary Club, along with Community 1st Bank, The Placer County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Gold Rush Chevrolet, the Salvation Army, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital and Walker’s Office Supply, are collaborating to gather used coats, hats, and gloves for those less fortunate. “We are trying to gather as many coats, hats, gloves and sweaters as we can before the first of the year,” said Herb Grounds, a Rotarian and event spokesman. “All sizes and all genders are needed.” Residents are encouraged to bring their lightly used items to drop barrels around the city, now through Jan. 1 to help those without the means to stay warm. In prior years, the Salvation Army has teamed with Gottschalks to provide for the needy during the cold season. However, that changed when the department store shut its Auburn location in July 2009. “We’ve been doing this for years and with the loss of Gottschalks’ involvement we have lost lots of support and thousands of jackets,” said Michelle Fish, director of social services at the Salvation Army. “We are partnering with other Auburn-area groups to help make up for this loss.” Placer High students are getting involved as well. “It started as a Key Club project,” said Abby Kendall, a junior at Placer High and a Key Club member. “We were trying to decide on some service projects for our club. When we heard about this project we decided to get a coat drive going. It started as a Key Club project and became a schoolwide effort.” Donations are needed as the demand is huge. “There are so many newly in need; seniors, homeless, children, so we really need people to really search for warm clothing to donate,” Grounds said. All clothing collected is distributed locally by the Auburn Salvation Army. --------------------- Auburn drop barrel locations: The Salvation Army, 286 Sutter St. The Auburn Justice Center, 2929 Richardson Drive Community 1st Bank, 949 Lincoln Way Gold Rush Chevrolet, 570 Grass Valley Highway Walker’s Office Supply, 1127 Grass Valley Highway