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Coat drive offers opportunity for season-warming donations

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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Auburnites can help keep local families warm this winter. The annual News 10 Coats for Kids drive has several donation sites right here in town accepting coats for youth and adults. Patricia Bradley, of the Auburn Racquet & Fitness Club, which is taking donations for the first time this year, said she feels the coat drive is a way for the club to give back to the community rather than just exchanging gifts between members. “We just felt like this Christmas we wanted to reach out and help those in need,” Bradley said. “We have a lot of children who use our facilities and they’re happy to reach out with the community to donate what they can with their coats.” Residents can donate new or gently used coats in the foyer of the club at 1255 Racquet Club Drive. Other donation sites include Auburn Elementary on Lariat Ranch Road, Auburn Trophies on Grass Valley Highway, Blockbuster Video on Bell Road and Lyon Real Estate on Grass Valley Highway. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 19. Businesses will deliver the coats to the Auburn Salvation Army on Sutter Street. Those in need of coats can visit the Salvation Army Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Michelle Talbott, social service director of the Auburn Salvation Army, said the donated coats will most likely last through January. Talbott said the coats are particularly important in today’s economy. “We’re just seeing people struggling to make ends meet,” Talbott said. “That means … clothing and food are going to suffer. We’re going to see a huge need for these winter coats.” The Journal’s Bridget Jones can be reached at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com or comment at Auburnjournal.com. ---------- 1 Day Coat Drive: The Placer Grad Night Boutique Saturday, Dec. 6 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Placer High School A free homemade baked good and cup of coffee are offered with every coat donation. Daily Donation Sites: Auburn News 10 Coats for Kids donation sites Auburn Elementary, 1325 Lariat Ranch Road (530) 887-1958 Blockbuster Video, 2580 Bell Road,(530) 823-5797 First US Community Credit Union, 635 Mikkelsen Drive (800) 556-6768 ext 5213 Ferguson Enterprises, 11900 Enterprise Drive, (530) 885-7473 Animal Clinic at Lake of the Pines, 10868 Combie Road, No.130, (530) 268-1266 Auburn Trophies, 1221 Grass Valley Highway (530) 885-2669 J.S. West Propane, 11899 Edgewood Rd., Suite P (800) 306-7668 Lyon Real Estate, 1900 Grass Valley Hwy. Ste 100 (530) 945-5582 Dynamic Chiropractic, 11879 Kemper Road, Ste. 3 (530) 885-3154 Auburn Racquet and Fitness Club, 1255 Racquet Club Drive, (530) 888-1602