Pasco, WA- Battelle employees had to break their own record this year to fill a growing need for winter coats in the Mid Columbia.
Team Battelle is making the rounds to schools throughout the Tri-Cities, delivering new and gently used winter coats to boys and girls of all ages.
This year the Battelle employees collected more than 400 coats, about 100 more coats than the schools requested last year. Team Battelle member Linda Gustafson says that came as a surprise. "You know the needs is there, but when you see it increase that dramatically it really hits home that there are children right here in the Tri Cities that don't have coats."
Battelle employees also wrote checks so they could buy coats of sizes that hadn't been donated.