The Portland Trail Blazers and Fred Meyer have teamed up for their tenth annual coat drive this December.
Trail Blazers fans are asked to fill donation bins at all participating Fred Meyers with new or gently used coats which will then be distributed to the Portland-Metro Boys and Girls Clubs.
Over the weekend, Trail Blazers shooting guard Gary Trent Jr. helped 30 kids from the Portland-Metro Boys and Girls Clubs shop for new winter coats at the Fred Meyer in Beaverton.
We’re here to give back to the community. Fred Meyer, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Portland Trail Blazers’ Boys and Girls Club is here. I had the opportunity to come out with the kids, sign autographs, help them pick out warm coats for the wintertime and it’s a great thing. I’m blessed and I’m fortunate that I’m here. -- Trail Blazers shooting guard Gary Trent Jr.
Not only did Trent Jr. go shopping with the kids to make sure all thirty kids received a winter coat, he also took time to take photos, shoot hoops, and draw pictures with the youngsters.
Marlene Ascencio, the Director of the Portland-Metro Boys and Girls Clubs, explained the goal of Saturday's event was for all thirty members to go home with a brand new winter coat.
“Most of the kids that we serve are from low-income households or they just don’t have enough resources to purchase new winter coats… We have been doing this partnership between Fred Meyer and the Portland Trail Blazers for 10 years, we just want to say thank you so much for all of the support,” Ascencio said.