OGDEN -- More than 200 veterans will receive a new coat to keep them warm just as the winter season is hitting.
Harrison Regent Independent Retirement Community and the Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club held a coat drive this month for veterans in need.
In addition, they collected gifts for them and are still seeking donations such as computers, television, iPods, iPads, cellphones, DVD players and other electronics.
On Saturday, the two organizations had lunch together at Harrison Regent. Terry Kees, president of the Green Knights, and other club members gathered up the coats to deliver to various shelters, including St. Ann's, Weber State University Veteran's Affairs and the Ogden Rescue Mission.
"This is the time of year to be thinking of those who so selflessly served our nation's armed forces and who gave their blood to guarantee our freedoms and American way of life," said Harrison Regent Manager Christo Kotze.
"We have a lot of veterans at Harrison Regent, and we are so grateful for them. We just wanted to focus our attention on those veterans in need this year."
The Green Knights is a tax-exempt organization that supports charitable causes and focuses on the military community. Members include military members who are on active duty, in the reserves or the National Guard, or who are veterans, retirees or Department of Defense employees, Kees said.
"We greatly appreciate all the help we received from our co-workers at Hill and other Department of Defense-affiliated agencies in the area," Kees said.
"We are also taking some of the coats to the Road House in Salt Lake. They told us they are feeding 1,000 people every day, and around 400 of those folks are veterans, so there is really a great need out there."
Michael Wilson, co-manager of Harrison Regent, said he is impressed with the generosity of the community.
"We hope this will bring some warmth and protection to the deserving people who have protected our country," he said.
Donations can be dropped off at Harrison Regent, 4481 Harrison Blvd.