Factoria Security Self Storage of Bellevue, Wash., is providing free storage space during December and January to assist in the collecting and organizing of donations as part of The Kids Care Coat Drive. The annual drive is a community-service project supported by Bellevue Youth Link, a youth-leadership program sponsored by the City of Bellevue and Bellevue Public Schools. Coats are collected and distributed during the cold winter months. This year, the distribution event will be held at Crossroads Community Center on Jan. 9.
New and gently used coats can be dropped off at collection boxes at Crossroads Shopping Center, the Bellevue Police Department Substation, Target in the Factoria Mall, and the North Bellevue Community Center. For more information, visit www.youthlink.com or www.urbanstorage.com/self_storage/Bellevue_WA/zip_98005/urban_self_storage/508.
Created by Bellevue student Rick Teegarden in 2004, the coat drive has brought in more than 3,000 pieces of outwear over the past four years. Teegarden first saw a need for warm coats while volunteering with Youth Link’s “Teen Closet.” He has since gone on to partner with numerous charities and social-service organizations.