Coat giveaway warms 3,500
by Sam Matthews
Nov 26, 2012 | 3696 views | 3 3 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Coat distribution at Larch Clover
A family receives coats and jackets from Sikh volunteers Satinder Pal Kaur, and Sejal Gill, right, Saturday at the Larch Clover Community Center. More than 3,500 winter clothing items were distributed.  Sam Matthews/Tracy Press
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More than 3,500 coats and jackets were distributed to families and individuals by members of the Sikh community Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Larch Clover Community Center.

It was one of the largest giveaways of winter clothing in the 14-year history of the project, according to Mike Sandhu, founder and principal sponsor of the event that also includes Modesto and Stockton.

“The need for warm winter clothing is greater this year than we have ever experienced,” Sandhu said. “The number has been increasing every year.”

Some 20 volunteers handed out the coats and jackets along with socks and blankets to some 2,000 people at the community center, 11157 W. Larch Road, from the Tracy area and beyond.

Recipients of the clothing — families and individuals — waited in a long line outside the center.

The distribution, which began at 10 a.m., was scheduled to end at 2 p.m., but continued nearly until 3 p.m., Sandhu reported.

He said the Sikh project, which commemorates the winter ordeal of two Sikh brothers in 1705, distributed coats and jackets in Modesto last week and will conclude at family shelters in Stockton on Friday, Nov. 30.

“Altogether, we will give out about 5,000 coats and jackets,” he said. “We are committed to this project.”

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November 30, 2012
Mr. Sandhu, you're a great example for the community! Thank you!
November 26, 2012
What a wonderful thing to do! Mike Sandhu you are a very special person!
November 26, 2012
Great Job Mike Sandhu! You are a great citizen of this community. You do this every year, and ask nothing in return. Many could learn from your example! Thank you again!

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