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Interfaith Winter Warmth Drive

Interfaith Coalition’s Winter Warmth Drive provides gently-used coats, hats, gloves and scarves to children and adults at four locations in Whatcom County. If you have warm outerwear to donate, please bring your clean items to any Banner Bank location, Interfaith Coalition’s office, or many congregations throughout Whatcom County. Please contact Interfaith Coalition at 360-734-3983 for more information on collection sites or check out the website: http://www.interfaith-coalition.org . For many of our neighbors, this program means they won't need to spend limited income on a winter coat, or do without. Thank you for sharing the warmth!

Do you need a coat? Coats will be distributed on these dates and locations:

Ferndale: United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington Street in Ferndale on Wednesday, October 9 and Saturday, October 12, 10am to 1pm

Bellingham: Assumption Church Gym, 2116 Cornwall Avenue in Bellingham on Saturday, October 19 from 11am to 1:30pm, and Saturday, October 26 from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

Blaine: Unit 200 Cost Cutter Shopping Center, 1733 H Street in Blaine on Monday, Oct. 14, Tuesday, Oct. 15 and Friday, Oct. 18 from 10am – 2 pm and Wednesday, October 16 from 5pm to 8pm

Deming: Foothills Food Bank, located in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 6210 Mt. Baker Hwy in Deming on Tuesday, October 29 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, at the Foothills Food Bank in Deming, Literacy fairs, neighborhood events, and at migrant camps in Lynden during the summer.

Since early summer 2016, the program has gifted children with thousands of 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.