Soroptimist International of Mt Adams (SIMA), a service club located in White Salmon, has received a $1 million grant from the Walmart Foundation in support of SIMA’s project “Coats For Kids In The Gorge.” This is the second year Walmart selected “Coats For Kids” to help SIMA meet the needs of the community it serves. The new manager, Erik Smith, followed former manager Robin Morse by selecting SIMA for this grant.
The objective of “Coats For Kids” is to collect and distribute new and used jackets, coats, gloves and hats in the White Salmon, Bingen, and Trout Lake communities. This program began in the fall of 2010, developed and spearheaded by Sharon Scott. Last year close to nine hundred jackets/coats, up from six hundred in 2010, were distributed by schools and local service agencies to children in need. SIMA is continuing the work of Sharon Scott in managing this fall’s coat drive. SIMA desires to expand community awareness of this successful program. The drive begins on Oct. 21 and runs through Dec. 13. Collection boxes will be available at the following sites:
WHITE SALMON SITES:
Sterling Bank, 73 NE Estes St.
Riverview Community Bank, 330 E. Jewett Blvd.
Columbia Bank, 390 NE Tohomish St.
Henkle Middle School, 480 NW Loop Rd.
Whitson Elementary School, 450 N. Main Ave.
CenterPointe Community Bank, 111 Oak St.
Infinity Salon & Tanning, 1000 W. Steuben St. # 4
Windermere/Glenn Taylor Real Estate, 900 W. Steuben St.
Insitu (Internal sites for employees only).
Mug’s Coffee, 120 W. Steuben St.
TROUT LAKE SITE:
Trout Lake School.
This annual program answers a tremendous unending need in the local community with very little cost, reallocating valuable resources within the area. Community support will reduce some of the financial strain and stress on parents, and children will be warmer, happier, and healthier.
The SIMA committee members honored Sharon Scott with the 2013 “Soroptimist of the Year Award” for this and other achievements for the community.