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Community - October 30, 2013

Got a warm coat to give? Drive begins Nov. 4

by Renee Batti

Recology San Mateo County is teaming up with Menlo Park and Atherton for its annual Coats for Kids drive, which aims to collect new and lightly used coats to donate to people in need of a warm coat during the cold-weather season.

From Nov. 4 through Nov. 8, residents of both communities may place donated coats in a clear plastic bag marked "Coats for Kids" and place the bag next to or on top of their blue recycle cart on their regular garbage collection day. Recology, the area's garbage collection company, will pick up the coats and deliver them after the drive.

Both towns also are setting up collection containers: In Atherton, donors can deliver their donated coats to the Town Hall lobby, 91 Ashfield Road in the Town Center, from Nov. 4 through Nov. 15; in Menlo Park, people can drop off coats at the Arrillaga family Recreation Center at 701 Laurel St. or at the Arrillaga Gymnastics Center at 501 Laurel St. during the same period.

"Coats of any size, shape or form are greatly appreciated," Gino Gasparini of Recology said in an email. "It is interesting that when our program started years and years ago, the intention was 'for our kids'; however, now all types of coats are donated and it is wonderful to see that all people that are 'in need' can come and select a coat. "

Coats from Atherton donors will be distributed to families of Selby Lane School in Atherton, according to a press release from the town.

Recology will deliver donations from Menlo Park to local nonprofit agencies for distribution to those in need, according to the city. Last year, the city said, the company collected about 1,000 coats that were distributed to families and individuals through St. Anthony's Church in Menlo Park and Samaritan House, both of which serve people in need.

For more information, contact Mr. Gasparini at 595-3900 or ggasparini@recology.com.

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