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Rotary club project provides winter clothing

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Oregon Rotary Club members Sue Miatke and Mary Jo Griffin and Etnyre Wing Principal Mike Lawton sit among the bags of winter gear collected in December for Keeping Kids Warm project. Photo supplied

Oregon Rotary Club members Len Gowers, Sue Miatke, Tom Stone, Don Griffin and Mary Jo Griffin delivered three car loads of coats, boots and snow pants to the Oregon Elementary School Jan. 9.

In the end, 121 pairs of boots, 102 pairs of snow pants, and 74 coats were purchased for children and families in the Oregon community by the Oregon Rotary Club.

Many of the coats were purchased through Operation Warm (www.operationwarm.org).

Additional coats and snow pants included in this delivery were donated by members of the Oregon Rotary Club, families in the community and by the Ashton Lions Club.

“Thank you to the Paynes Point Church for purchasing and delivering 29 additional coats. Thank you to the Oregon VFW Ladies Auxiliary for their $500 donation to the School for this project,” said Mary Jo Griffin. “Thank you also to the members of the community who made donations of cash or gently used clothing for this project.”

This project, Keeping Kids Warm, began with a grant from Rotary District 6420 for $1,700.

The Oregon Rotary Club designated the proceeds from their Mark Twain Day Fundraiser held in September.

The Rotary Club partnered with the elementary schools to administer this project.

A total of 65-plus families were provided with coats, boots, and/or snow pants for one to four family members.

“Thank you to all of the school personnel who worked alongside of the Rotary Club. This project is truly about making sure that these families have a way to stay warm outdoors throughout the winter,” Griffin said.

Gently used warm winter clothing and accessories of all sizes may continue to be donated at the elementary school offices, Angel Treasures, or other organizations that help provide for those who need these items.

For more on this project and other information about the Oregon Rotary Club visit www.oregonilrotary.org.

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