Sunday, July 23, 2017 This Week's Paper

Remember Charlie and Braden by donating a warm coat for kids

Drivers cruising along Meridian East in South Hill last Saturday saw Eddie the Astronaut and a very green Charlie’s Dinosaur waving at people to get them to stop and support a coat drive for kids. It worked! Volunteers collected more than 100 new coats for kids and $2,000 outside the Columbia Bank in Puyallup.

In 2012, Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County developed a new outreach program in cooperation with the Cox family following the tragic murder of their grandsons Charlie and Braden. Case detectives from the Pierce County Sheriff's Department and child advocacy groups provide care items for children placed into emergency foster homes. The care items come in the form of backpacks filled with toiletries, clothing, school supplies and toys. These backpacks are distributed by law enforcement officers to children who are being suddenly removed from homes due to unsafe, abusive, unsanitary living conditions. All of the items are donated by citizens and businesses in our community.

I stopped by with Jessica Ludwig, who dropped off a boy’s coat, and ran into Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor who says, ”I think it’s great that our people spend their own personal time supporting the community.”

If you would like to donate money or provide a new coat for a girl or boy, go to