Justice Club collects, distributes coats for Tahoe’s families

photo 5On Dec. 18, 2013 Sierra Nevada College’s newly founded Justice Club distributed over 150 items of warm winter clothing to underprivileged families in the Kings Beach area.

The Justice Club hosted a coat drive at various locations throughout Incline Village, including Sierra Nevada College, Raley’s and IV Coffee Lab for a month in the fall. The quality and quantity of donations far exceeded the clubs’ goals and provided an array of items, such as women’s ski coats and professional blazers, children’s snow onesies, and men’s technical backcountry ski gear.

All donations were distributed in conjunction with Project Mana, a local hunger relief non-profit at the Community House in Kings Beach. As people lined up to receive food they were encouraged to “shop” at the tables covered with clothes, hats, gloves, scarves, and blankets. Ultimately many families went home that day with bags of food for the holidays and warm winter clothing.

photo 1 (2)President of the Justice Club, Kelly Benson, “felt an overwhelming sense of satisfaction after being involved throughout the entire coat drive process and seeing genuine smiles from the families served.”

With such a successful first run, the Justice Club will continue to host drives (food, clothing, sporting goods, etc.) throughout each semester to help create a more inclusive community where everyone is given the chance to be warm, fed, happy, and enjoy life in beautiful Lake Tahoe.