10th Annual Big Reno Coat Drive Underway
There's a chill in the air, and practically everybody is wearing a coat this week. But not all of us have a good one.
"Some in Reno are not aware, but there are a lot of homeless out there that need jackets," said Lindy McQuirk, Director of the 'Big Reno Coat Drive.'
"There are a ton of children who need jackets as well."
That's where the 'Big Reno Coat Drive' comes in. It's happening all month long.
"Every year we've done it, it just gets bigger and bigger," said McQuirk. "This is our biggest year yet."
Over 10 years, they collected 10,000 jackets. Last year, it was about 1,300 and they hope to collect 3,000 this year. The coats are collected at area businesses. Evergreen Carpet Care has been collecting jackets for the drive for the last five years.
"Most people have more than what they need," said Adam Carlsen, General Manager at Evergreen Carpet Care. "This community is all about helping people and helping each other."
Their drivers have already collected quite a bit of coats. But you can also bring them into businesses. Great Basin Bicycles is also drop-off location.
"It's just about being a good neighbor," said Cat Gardella, with Great Basin Bicycles. "And you should always pay your good fortune forward."
Jackets collected goes towards Casa Da Vida, the Reno Sparks Gospel Mission, and several elementary schools. If you'd like to know where donate, head to the Big Reno Coat Drive's website for a full list of drop-off locations.