Photo by Kira Erickson / Whidbey News Group                                Lead Budtender and Inventory Manager Cassidy Alber shows off a donated sweater from the box in Whidbey Island Cannabis Company.

Photo by Kira Erickson / Whidbey News Group Lead Budtender and Inventory Manager Cassidy Alber shows off a donated sweater from the box in Whidbey Island Cannabis Company.

Pot shop collecting coats for good cause

For the second year in a row, Whidbey Island Cannabis Company in Freeland is accepting donations of coats and other clothing items in exchange for a discount on the store’s products.

New or gently used coats, blankets, hats, scarves and other “things to keep people warm” are encouraged to be donated, General Manager Kathy McCoy said. She recalls one person even bringing in long underwear to donate.

People making donations will receive a 10 percent discount on pot.

The store’s clothing drive is done in conjunction with the Whidbey Homeless Coalition, which helps provide shelter and other services on the island for the homeless community.

So far, McCoy said two full boxes have been collected.

Whidbey Homeless Coalition Operations Manager Tanya Stager said the coalition has received 52 jackets, three blankets and two scarves as of Dec. 14.

“It’s really great for their business to step up and help our community by providing these things,” she said. “We really need more people to be aware and help in our community.”

Collected clothing items will be distributed to the homeless during the Point in Time count on Jan. 23. This year, the South End’s count will be happening at Island Church of Whidbey from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. People in need can come get not only coats but also haircuts, meals and sign up for housing services.

Remaining items will be taken to guests of Haven and House of Hope, two shelters for the homeless. Anything left over after that will go to Good Cheer’s thrift stores.

The Whidbey Island Cannabis Co. coat drive may be ending on Jan. 15, but clothing donations can be made year-round to the Whidbey Homeless Coalition. More volunteers are also needed for the Point in Time count. Call 360-900-3077 for information.

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