Justice for Josiah committee organizes third annual coat drive on Dec. 15

As David Josiah Lawson’s death still looms over the community, the Justice for Josiah organization continues to find ways to keep his spirit alive.

The third annual David Josiah Lawson Coat Drive will be held on Dec. 15 at 3 pm at the Arcata plaza. Everyone is welcome to provide new or gently used winter clothes.

The coat drive started about six months after Josiah’s death as a way to give back to the community, according to Deema Hindawi, a Criminology and Critical Race and Gender Studies major involved with Justice for Josiah.

Jill Larrabee, a member of Justice for Josiah, said that Charmaine wanted to
give back to the community after seeing so much support of her son’s death.

“We had someone donate a bunch of duffel bags [last year] and we made sure houseless people who needed to carry their stuff got them,” Larrabee said.

The coat drive is an opportunity for community members to donate more than just coats, they will be accepting any new or gently used clothes like warm layers and new socks.

There will be drop off locations throughout campus. More information will be provided through the Justice for Josiah Facebook page.

Drop off locations:

  • Eureka Natural Foods, McKinleyville
  • Eureka Natural Foods, Eureka
  • North Coast Co Op, Arcata
  • North Coast Co Op, Eureka
  • Murphy’s Market, Sunnybrae
  • Umpqua Bank, Arcata
  • HSU Library Lobby
  • HSU Siemens Hall, 2nd floor outside of HR

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