Reno coat drive sorting coats today

RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- The donation period is over for the Big Reno Coat Drive, but organizers still need the community’s help.

Coats donated to the Big Reno Coat Drive. Photo by Gianna Giorgi.

Volunteers are needed to help pick up coats from drop-off locations around town and sort through the thousands of donated coats.

This is the fourteenth year the non-profit has put on the coat drive. Last year a record 5,200 winter jackets were donated. Organizers expect this year they will have more coats than last year. The gently-used coats go to the homeless and local families in need.

Last year more than 200 brand new coats were given to students at Title 1 schools. This year more than 400 students will receive coats with tags on them.

The big sorting event will take place Saturday, Dec. 8.

If you are interested in volunteering, email Lindy McQuirk at bigrenocoatdrive@gmail.com or go to http://bigrenocoatdrive.org/.