Collecting items for DESC service project

Posted on 01. Nov, 2016 by in Community Service

A HUGE THANK YOU  to all for another successful coat drive for the DESC. In October, we donated approximately 80 coats, 25 pairs of socks, 15 hats/gloves and scarves. We also donated over 500 toothbrushes and a lot of toothpaste in addition to some other toiletries. Wow! Don Rupp,  the director of the DESC donations program was so grateful.   He noted that “coats, socks and toothbrushes seem to just evaporate around here.” He also made the sobering comment that “coats save lives”. PSONS has a reputation with the DESC as being very generous and reliable donors. It is amazing how everyone’s small donations add up.

We would especially like to thank those who lead the collection at their facilities in September inlcuding Debra Leslie and Maya Luzzi at SCCA, Debra Forman at Swedish Edmonds, Kathleen Clapp at Amgen and Katie Hagerman at Group Health Bellevue.  Carol Oshima and Kathleen Clapp helped deliver to the DESC and  got the word out.

Homelessness is a year round problem and because our 1st attempt at the coat drive was so successful and the need is so great, we are continuing our coat drive with socks and other items through the end of the year. Please see our shopping list of the highest need items that we are looking for and clean out your closets! If you would like to be the point person to collect at your facility, please contact, Kathy Ringo RN at

We are looking for:

  • Men’s winter coats (used but in good condition)
  • XL Women’s winter coats (used but in good condition)
  • Men’s sport socks (new)
  • Mens jeans or other Heavy pants (used but in good condition)
  • Women’s Xtra large size jeans or heavy pants
  • Femine hygiene products
  • $5 gift cards to Starbucks, Subway or McDonalds
  • Toothpaste (normal sized tubes okay)
  • Toothbrushes
  • Clock Radios (new or used, for clients moving into housing – helps with orientation to time and also helps with people used to a lot of noise)
  • Silverware  (for the new client move in packets)
  • Cash is always welcomed.   PSONS can buy some items in bulk at a good price.

Thank you!

Kathy Ringo and Carol Oshima
(and Nancy Thompson)
PSONS Community Service Projects

Click here to download the flyer: 2016-desc-dec-flier

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