A local clinic is collecting blankets and warm clothing for homeless veterans.

Gulf Coast Occupational Medicine Clinic is hosting its first blanket drive at its area locations.

“We here at Gulf Coast feel blessed to live in the USA and know that our freedom isn’t free,” a news release said. “We feel that it is important to take care of those men and women who have protected and served our country and given so much of themselves in the line of duty.”

Last year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimated that there were roughly 49,933 veterans that were homeless and another 1.4 million veterans that were at risk for homelessness due to overcrowding at shelters, poverty, mental illness and a lack of family and community support. With the colder months approaching the clinic would like to make the holidays a little warmer for our soldiers on the streets, the news release said.

From Nov. 3 through Dec. 15, the clinic will collect donated blankets, coats, hats, sweaters, pants and any other new or gently-used warm winter clothing at its area locations.

Monetary donations also will be accepted.

Gulf Coast will donate $1 for every item received, and the proceeds will be used to buy more blankets and clothing for our homeless veterans.

Collection sites are:

MAIN CLINIC: 13406 U.S. 61

BATON ROUGE SAFETY COUNCIL OFFICE: 10099 N. Reiger Road.

Visit the clinic’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GCOMblanketdrive.

Get ready for Thanksgiving

Children can get ready for Thanksgiving at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 15 at a Bluebonnet Regional Library program.

After listening to a selection of Thanksgiving poems and the book “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie” by Alison Jackson, children will weave a Thanksgiving place mat.

For ages 7 to 11 in the library’s Storytime Room.

Call Children’s Services Staff at (225) 763-2260.

Teen Anime Afternoon

Anime fans can watch a video of the popular genre from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday in meeting room 2 at the Bluebonnet Regional Library Branch.

Snacks will be provided.

Call (225) 763-2270 or email vmitchell@ebrpl.com.

Contact Southside Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1998; or email, southside@theadvocate.com. Deadline: noon Monday.