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October 02, 2019 at 5:00 am | By CHARLES H. FEATHERSTONE Staff Writer

MOSES LAKE — With the arrival of the colder fall weather, the Rotary Club of Moses Lake is collecting “gently used” cold weather coats as part of is annual “Coats for Kids” drive.

According to Bob Tatum of Tatum Lawn Care, a Rotary Club member who is heading up the club’s coat drive this year, the drive is an important way the club serves Grant County.

“We get a lot of turnout,” Tatum said. “Especially it being cold, we have people lined up like you wouldn’t believe.”

Tatum said the club is accepting coats through Saturday, Oct. 19, and will distribute them to needy families at Chief Moses Middle School on Saturday, Nov. 2.

“Any earlier, and no one would think about it,” he said.

The club is looking for donations of “gently used” winter coats which will be cleaned by Cobie’s Fine Dry Cleaning in the Vista Village Shopping Center — the second year Cobie’s has donated its time and effort to the Coats for Kids drive.

According to Tatum, the club is looking for all sizes of coats, and not just for kids either, though there is always a pressing need for kids sizes 6-10.

“We always seem to run out of those quickly,” he explained.

Donations are being taken at Cobie’s Fine Dry Cleaning, the Moses Lake Civic Center, Laketown Pharmacy, Samaritan Hospital, Staples, Banner Bank, Umpqua Bank, Washington Federal Bank and Basin Family Chiropractic.

The Moses Lake Rotarians have been collecting, cleaning and distributing winter coats to needy families since 1997 with the goal of encouraging local residents to donate their coats and help others. According to Tatum, the club distributes roughly 500-700 coats each year as part of the donation drive.

Charles H. Featherstone can be reached at cfeatherstone@columbiabasinherald.com.

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