LIFT-UP coat drive spreads warmth

Routt County organization giving away garments this weekend

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LIFT-UP of Routt County coat giveaway

  • Saturday, November 3, 2007, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Ace Hardware, 2155 Curve Plaza, Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free

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— LIFT-UP of Routt County has a storeroom full of winter coats and will be giving them away from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The organization received about 400 coats during a drive last weekend but hasn't seen heavy traffic in people coming to pick them up, said Pamela Graham, food bank and case manager for LIFT-UP. There's a one-coat limit per person.

"We have a variety of everything back there. One thing we were lacking with the coats is that we did not get very much children's winter wear," Graham said, noting that an explanation for that shortage may be that LIFT-UP only accepts clothing that is "clean and in great shape."

This is the time of year when the food and clothing banks start to fill up as local businesses, churches and school groups conduct their holiday charity drives. But the demand for the food and clothing collected during those drives spikes as well, Graham said, and probably will stay high until January.

"A lot of that is because right now people are in between," Graham said. "They maybe have a job or they maybe have a job for the winter, but they won't have full hours until around Christmas."

By January, most part-time or seasonal employees have had a chance to catch up, and demand for donated goods flags, Graham said.

The organization is stocked with food as well, but it never turns down additional donations. Graham said any hunters who have frozen, professionally processed meat are welcome to donate it.

For now, LIFT-UP is thankful for the donations it has received and the community that supports it at every turn.

"Every time there's been any group at all asking people for food, people have been very generous," Graham said.

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