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Interfaith Winter Coat Drive

The 2017 Interfaith Coalition Winter Warmth Drive is underway!

Do you have winter coats that you would like to donate? Please bring your clean, gently-used or new coats to any Banner Bank location in Bellingham and Ferndale, the Ferndale WECU, Interfaith Coalition’s office, or many congregations throughout Whatcom County. Please contact Interfaith Coalition for more information on collection sites.

Do you need a coat? Coats will be distributed at four locations throughout Whatcom County. Dates and locations:

Blaine: Unit 280 Cost Cutter Shopping Center, 1733 H St – Tuesday, October 10 and Friday, October 13 from 9am to 1pm, and Wednesday, October 11 from 5pm to 8pm

Ferndale: United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington St – Wednesday, October 11 and Saturday, October 14, 10am to 1pm

Bellingham: Assumption Gym, 2116 Cornwall Ave – Saturday, October 21 from 11am to 1:30pm, and Saturday, October 28 from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

Deming: St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 6210 Mt Baker Hwy - Tuesday, October 31 from 9am to 11:30am

Project Warm-Up

Warm-hearted volunteers knit cozy hats, scarves and blankets to distribute to various social service agencies around the county as well as through our Winter Coat Drive and CAST programs. If you enjoy knitting or crocheting, we need your wonderful finished products.

Questions about Project Warm Up? Email the volunteer coordinator, Ronalee, at lkincaid@aol.com or call Interfaith Coalition at 360-734-3983.

Holiday Gifts

When you are struggling to rebuild your life, holiday gifts seem like a distant memory. Families from our family housing program and the Opportunity Council share wish lists that we provide to congregations, businesses and other community sponsors. Homeless families receive gifts from a caring community. If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact us at 360-734-3983.

Project Homeless Connect

Bellingham hosts a day of support and services for homeless individuals each summer. Interfaith Coalition collects useful items that are given away that day. These include personal hygiene kits and camping supplies, sleeping bags, tarps, baby wipes and diapers, new socks, shoes and underwear. This takes place in July.

Kids Need Books

Kids Need Books (KNB) distributes new and gently used books to low-income families each week. This distribution takes place at  Alderwood and Cordata elementary schools' pop-up food banks.

Since early summer 2016, the program has gifted children with more than 3,000 books and, in the words of a local school volunteer, “It has fundamentally changed the reading culture of the neighborhood.”

KNB needs books ranging from picture books to young adult novels. Please look through your bookshelves, closets, and attics for quality used books that might enjoy a new home. Books may be dropped off at Interfaith Coalition’s main office.

Your donation can help area children become more proficient readers with a greater likelihood of graduating from high school.