A Successful 2015 Operation Overcoat

Union Gospel Mission held its fifteenth annual Operation Overcoat on Saturday, Sept 26. The day's perfect weather was a backdrop filled with fun and happiness as many of Portland's homeless and those in need came to the event. Operation Overcoat gave out items such as coats, winter clothing, sleeping bags, shoes, boots, and a Bible. UGM gave away more than 2,800 articles of clothing to Portland's homeless and to those in need.

The Paul Mitchell the school Portland provided haircuts while Medical Teams International brought its mobile dental clinic RV to give dental services. Care Oregon and Health Plans In Oregon had a table to help sign people up for Medicaid in Oregon. Rite Aid also had a station providing flu shots.

The event also had a band playing and entertaining those who sat down and ate a meal that consisted of hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad and soda. There was also cotton candy and snow-cones for sweets. UGM served an estimated amount of more than 1,200 meals that day.

 William Bates who attended Operation Overcoat, received a new down jacket and also received a flu shot. When asked what he liked most about Operation Overcoat he said, "Overall, the atmosphere -- people giving, people receiving." 


UGM wants to extend a gratitude to all the donors, LifeChange residents, staff and volunteers who helped made the 2015 Operation Overcoat successful!

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