It’s almost Make a Difference Day! This Saturday, October 28, hundreds of people in the valley will be out and about doing good things. Check out the full list of projects here.

I’m blessed once again to put together a coat drive for kids in the Wenatchee Valley. Wenatchee Valley Coats for Kids will be set up in the Albertsons parking lot on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. collecting new and gently used clean coats, hats, gloves and scarves for kids ages preschool through high school. This year we’re donating to 22 schools in the valley from Rock Island to Orondo. Hopefully you’ve seen the ads in The Wenatchee World and heard the radio commercials on the Cherry Creek Media stations. Now’s a good time to give a shout out to my hubby for supporting me for the seventh year in a row! Our daughter will be sorting coats and I’ve even got my parents traveling 10 hours one way to come pitch in.

I’d like to thank Apple Valley Honda and many other sponsors for making all of the advertising possible. They’re all listed on my Facebook page. And many thanks to each and every person who donates a coat or a few bucks to purchase coats. Did you know 100% of funds donated go to purchase coats? I’d like to give a shout out to my fiscal sponsor, Wenatchee Valley YMCA. If you’d like to write a check donation, just make it out to the Y and they’ll keep the funds on deposit until I purchase the coats.

Last year I wrote a blog post about how emotional the coat drive is each year. Thank you to all of my volunteers who help turn this around in one day. We’ll collect, sort, bag and count every coat in a 4 hour time span. Whew! Sunday nap, anyone?

I hope to see you on Saturday! Please help me keep kids warm this winter.

(Top photo: My daughter, Austin, during our first coat drive in 2011. Rita Wilson hand made these hats and donated them. Second photo: Last year Christian Chamberlain from Bay Equity Home Loans donated 125 coats and pairs of gloves to the coat drive. My daughter thought it would be fun to play hide and seek in them while they were piled in my office.)