For some of our less fortunate, the thin jacket on their back is all they have. So when a black pickup truck pulls up on Record and Fourth Streets every year, you'd better believe the coats in the back go fast. "I can't pass this up. Thank God!" said one of the men waiting in the line to pick out a jacket.
Dozens of people sifted through a wide variety of winter jackets that were all collected here in Northern Nevada.
"Reno's a pretty tough place to be homeless ‘cause it's pretty cold here,” said Sean Nichols when asked why he started the Big Reno Coat Drive in 2005. His goal every year is simple - to provide the gift of warmth to those who need it most. Over the years, the volunteer organization has helped thousands of people and the community has never failed to help. “Last year we got about 2,000 jackets and this year we have a goal of 3,000." All sizes and styles are needed – from kids to adults. They can be new or gently used. They will be handed out on the streets as well as at the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission, Casa de Vida and the Head Start program.
Collecting and distributing thousands of jackets is a big task, which is why Sean is especially grateful for his team of volunteers, like Lindy McQuirk, who has helped the Big Reno Coat Drive for four years. "Doing something for the community that makes a difference and it's just a little effort."
Plus, six local comedians will host a coat drive to help called Coats for Comedy this Saturday at Bodega Night Club on Fourth Street. Admission is free if you bring a coat to donate to the Big Reno Coat Drive.