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Alameda’s Midway Shelter Needs Coats & More

Some local runners and Alamedans are set to collect coats for women and children staying at the Midway Shelter.

The collection will take place this Saturday night, January 23, at the Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave., when members of the East Bay Front Runners & Walkers will meet at the German pub and restaurant for a membership meeting.

Michael Collier, an Alameda native, says the group’s board is meeting there and also will be collecting coats, jackets, scarves, hats, sweaters, gloves, mittens and other winter items for women and their family members staying at Alameda’s Midway Shelter.

The EBFRW has been working with One Warm Coat to donate to the organization.

If you can’t drop off items on Saturday, the group will try and leave a box for donations to be dropped off over the weekend.

EBFRW is a group of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgenders and friends who get together to run and walk in scenic locations on the east side of San Francisco Bay every Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. On the first Saturday of the month, the group meets at Veterans Court on the Bay Farm side of the Bay Farm Island Bridge.

As for Saturday’s event, close to 50 people have RSVP’d; so the gathering should be a lot of fun, and the coat drive should be quite successful.

Also of note, EBFRW also donates athletic shoes to give to homeless shelters and hospitals.

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To follow up on yesterday’s news: The Alameda County Coroner’s Office released the name of the young adult who was found in the estuary off Grand Street early Wednesday and died several hours later at Alameda Hospital - Ryan Kevin Devine, 24.