PUBLISHED: 5:54 PM on Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Coast Guard's blanket, coat and toy drive begins Tuesday
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard Cutter Liberty's annual Blanket, Coat and New Toy Drive for Southeast Alaska is set to begin Tuesday.

Bins donated by Taku Fisheries will be placed throughout Juneau to include locations at Costco, Wal-Mart, Safeway, Alaska & Proud, Super Bear Supermarket, Nugget Mall and the Juneau Federal Building. The community will have the opportunity to begin donating items between Tuesday and December 1.

The Coast Guard has developed close ties with communities throughout Alaska and understands the resource challenges of living in remote areas. By supporting the Coat, Blanket and New Toy drive, we are helping to meet some of these needs at a time of year when the spirit of giving is at its highest. The crew of the Cutter Liberty will then make deliveries of the donated items to the communities of Hoonah, Angoon, Kake, Pelican and Elfin Cove between Dec. 8-12.

"It is an honor and privilege to participate in this year's Blanket, Coat and Toy Drive," said Lt. Cmdr. Jon Kreischer, commanding officer of the Cutter Liberty. "Last year's drive was a huge success and I can attest to the overwhelming gratitude from each community for the donations. I would like to thank all those volunteering their time and efforts to make this drive possible and the residents of Juneau for their annual support of this worthy cause."

Following the collection period, Alaska Laundry and Dry Cleaners is donating their time and equipment to fully clean all the items donated. Les Schwab Tire Center is providing 300 heavy-duty tire bags to keep the donated items dry during delivery.

Take your gently-used coats, blankets, and new toys to collection bins located at Costco, Wal-Mart, Safeway, A&P, Super Bear Supermarket, Nugget Mall, and the Juneau Federal Building before Dec. 1.