Blazers’ Turner, Vonleh help kick-off local coat drive

It's Fred Meyer's 8th annual coat drive

Portland Trail Blazers players Evan Turner and Noah Vonleh helped kick-off Fred Meyer's 8th annual coat drive on Dec. 3, 2017 (Courtesy of the Portland Trail Blazers and team photographer Bruce Ely)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Playing in the NBA means Portland Trail Blazers players Evan Turner and Noah Vonleh are used to dishing out assists.

On Sunday, Turner and Vonleh headed to the Fred Meyer on Southwest Walker Road in Beaverton to assist some kids in needs of coats. Turner and Voneh spent some time with kids and helped tip-off the company’s 8th annual coat drive.

People are asked to donate their new or gently-used coats to help Portland-metro nonprofits and their families.

Both Turner and Vonleh said it was important to help out the community.

“It’s important to me that the kids in our community are prepared for winter” Turner said in a press release. “Fred Meyer stores, along with Noah and I, invite Trail Blazers fans to join us in helping to keep Portland youth of all ages warm and dry. We’ve made it convenient by placing donation bins at 14 participating Fred Meyer locations all over the area. The season of giving has begun, so let’s all participate.”

“I am proud to be teaming up with Fred Meyer this holiday season to collect and distribute winter coats to those in need,” said Vonleh. “Fred Meyer is a tireless supporter of the Portland community and its commitment to giving back is something that I admire. As a professional athlete, I think it is important that I utilize my platform to give back to the local community and I am so honored to be a part of such a good cause to benefit the Portland community.”

You can learn more about the coat drive and where you can donate by clicking here.