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Coast Guard donation drive going 'awesome'

Coat and blankets to be delivered to SE communities around Christmas

Posted: November 28, 2013 - 1:14am
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Crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Liberty, Fireman Cody Woolman, left, and Lt. j.g. Cori Mikkalo, the cutter's XO, pick up freshly laundered clothes donated to the Coast Guard Association's Coat and Blanket Drive from Alaska Dry Cleaning and Laundry on Wednesday afternoon. The cutter will deliver the items to children and families in Southeast Alaska communities next month around Christmas.  Emily Russo Miller / Juneau Empire
Emily Russo Miller / Juneau Empire
Crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Liberty, Fireman Cody Woolman, left, and Lt. j.g. Cori Mikkalo, the cutter's XO, pick up freshly laundered clothes donated to the Coast Guard Association's Coat and Blanket Drive from Alaska Dry Cleaning and Laundry on Wednesday afternoon. The cutter will deliver the items to children and families in Southeast Alaska communities next month around Christmas.

With bags full of freshly laundered clothes and blankets, the Coast Guard Association said Juneau did “awesome” this year in donating items for its annual coat and blanket drive, according to spokesman Lt. Ryan Erickson.

Erickson said he doesn’t have a final count yet on how many items were donated, but they will next week when they sort through it all.

The Coast Guard Association’s Coat and Blanket Drive gifts the donated items to children and families in outlying Southeast communities. The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Liberty will deliver them around Christmas.

On Monday, Coast Guard members picked up the donations from tote bins located around town and brought them to Alaska Laundry and Dry Cleaners, which launders the clothes for free.

“The cleaners got a barrage of bags,” Erickson said.

Alaska Laundry employee Sheldon Seslar said he doesn’t know how much all that laundry would have cost if they were charging for it, but in years past it amounted to about $15,000 worth of laundry for free.

The Executive Officer of the Liberty, Lt. j.g. Cori Mikkalo, and crew member Fireman Cody Woolam on Wednesday helped transport the bins of laundered clothing to a Coast Guard storage facility in Auke Bay where the clothes will be stored before being delivered.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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