Groups collecting food, coats for winter |

Groups collecting food, coats for winter

So much food the bag broke!
Post Independent file photo/Kelley Cox |

As cold weather and the holiday season near, residents around Garfield County are showing their generosity and giving spirit.

This weekend those in need of warm winter clothing can get items through the fourth annual Winter Community Coat Drive through a partnership between The River Center in New Castle, Reach Out Colorado of Rifle, Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce, Canyon Cleaners of Silt and The Salvation Army.

“This is for anyone in need of winter garments,” said Gina Reece-Long, special programs coordinator for the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce. “People can come, and there is no limit to what they can get. We just ask that you take what you need and leave some for other families.”

Distribution will be done Saturday from Coal Ridge High School between New Castle and Silt from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then again on Saturday, Nov. 15, from Rifle Middle School. The distribution will take place in the cafeteria in both schools.

Along with warm clothing, the Cub Scouts in New Castle and the Boy Scouts in Rifle are both collecting food for LIFT-UP to help stock pantries.

Boy Scout Troop 223 put plastic bags around Rifle two weeks ago and will be collecting them Friday morning for the Rifle LIFT-UP Food Pantry.

“We need nonperishable items such as canned food, boxes of pasta or anything that can be easily transported,” said Aaron Hosack, a member of Boy Scout Troop 223 who is overseeing the project. “If you didn’t receive a bag you can call and we’ll bring you one or come pick up a bag. We do this because we just like to help out the community.”

Those who want to contribute financially should make their checks out to LIFT-UP. For questions or more information, call 970-625-8997.

In New Castle, Cub Scout Pack 221 will distribute bags to 1,800 homes Saturday in conjunction with New Castle LIFT-UP and The River Center.

“We started doing this five years ago, and it has grown every year,” said scout leader John Harcourt. “We’ve gone from about 2,000 pounds of food in our first year to over 4,400 pounds last year, for a total of 15,000 pounds of food. New Castle is really a very generous community and goes out of its way to participate in this.”

The scouts will collect the bags of nonperishable food on Saturday, Nov. 15.

For more information, contact Harcourt at 303-548-5881.

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