Whatcom program collecting, donating winter items to children

The nonprofit group Blue Skies for Children is collecting and donating cold weather items for children for its Winter Warm-Up program.

Families with children age 6 to 18 who are homeless, low-income or in foster care can schedule an appointment to receive new or gently used coats, hats, scarves and blankets for up to five children per family.

Collection is underway, and item distribution begins Monday, Nov. 3.

Call 360-756-6710 to obtain an appointment or to donate new or gently used items.