Winnemucca Grammar School Communities in Schools Site Coordinator Kalynne Mitchell works to help ensure students have access to supplies and other needs.
Winnemucca Grammar School Communities in Schools Site Coordinator Kalynne Mitchell works to help ensure students have access to supplies and other needs.
A coat drive in Winnemucca kicked off Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, and will last through the end of January. Gently used and new coats can be dropped off at three business locations around town and will be distributed to local kids in need. 

The businesses accepting coat donations include Verner Chiropractic (504 E. 2nd Street), KWNA Radio Station (136 W. Second Street) and Western States Propane (4205 W. Winnemucca Boulevard). Coats can be dropped off during regular business hours. 

The event is being hosted by Communities in Schools of Northeastern Nevada, which branched into Humboldt County approximately a year ago. 

The program has site coordinators located in Winnemucca at the Winnemucca Grammar School, Winnemucca Junior High School and French Ford Middle School. 

Donated coats will be distributed to school supply closets built and managed by the Communities in Schools site coordinators and coats will be available if a student from another school needs one.  

Communities in Schools Site Coordinator Kalynne Mitchell said that coats may be distributed this winter following the drive and saved for students next year, with the goal to make the coat drive an annual event to continue to replenish the supply. There are currently coats in the supply closet if there are kids in need. 

Kids can be referred to the program by any member of the school staff, and counselors at schools without a site coordinator can contact the site coordinator at an applicable school to request a donation of supplies. 

The supply closets include coats, shoes, other clothing and school supplies; Mitchell said that the program hopes to work with other local events in the future to continue to replenish supplies and help kids in the community.

Communities in Schools also organizes a coat drive in Elko annually. 

Mitchell said that the coats are inspected once the donations are picked up and will be washed prior to being placed in the donation supply closets, with nothing too worn or damaged being accepted or donated through the program.