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Warm & Fuzzy Clothing Drive Friday

[Press advisory.]

This Friday, local radio station 94.1 KSLG-FM plans to help a local philanthropist warm the lives of those most in need

KSLG announced that it will broadcast live from a winter “warm and fuzzy” clothing drive from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Eureka Co-op, Fourth and B streets.

All the clothing collected will be given to Betty Chinn’s group “Betty’s Blue Angels”. Chinn recently received the Presidential Citizen’s Medal from President Barack Obama, and will stop by at 3 p.m. to oversee the donation.

“You don’t have to look hard to find people in need in Humboldt County..or anywhere, really,” said KSLG afternoon host Dr. Syd Reagan. ”For an area so small, donations to this and many other charity events have always surprised me…just one of many reasons I choose to live and work here.

KSLG is encouraging everyone in the community to donate

“Please bring whatever you can spare. It doesn’t matter if the items are new or used. I suppose you should clean the clothes,” said KSLG morning host John Matthews. “Actually, please clean the clothes before you bring them to the Co-op,” he added.

More information about the Warm and Fuzzy Clothing drive can be found at www.kslg.com.

  1. December 9, 2010 at 12:49 am

    It’s relatively warm right now but as a guy that lived without heat for a couple of years I can get behind this. Food Shelter and Clothing are the three basic needs. I had those 3 and survived sub freezing temperatures in my home. I think I have a few things I can donate. I would like to add that a towel is also a warm fuzzy thing that is highly useful.

  2. Anonymous
    December 9, 2010 at 6:51 am

    Another free giveaway. No need to work in Eureka.

  3. Decline to State
    December 9, 2010 at 7:14 am

    An excellent cause. I use the annual KHUM/KSUG clothing drives as an excuse to go through my closet and donate all the clothing that I’ve not worn over the prior year. Win/win!

    …and Anonymous @ 6:51, you’re an ass.

  4. Brady and Newman
    December 9, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Ditto on DTS, 6:51 is a jerk off. Let’s just let the homeless bums who are too lazy to get a job starve or freeze to death. They are worthless and it will solve our problems for us.

    December 9, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Yes, an extremely worthy cause. Hopefully, there will be an over-flow of items.

    2 questions though:

    1. How does one profile for local folks only as implied? Is there some criteria that distinguishes from a local and non-local refugee/migrant/emmigrant/immigrant/hobo/homeless/shelterless/hungry/in need of better health and care/etc..

    2. Is there a way or procedure that would work efficiently that would have local handi-people repair or patch old blue-jeans, shirts, etc… for donations? Over the years working outside like a real human being can only do, it has become apparant the accumulation of blue jeans that which have simple wear and tear points/holes in the knee cap areas or thigh areas. A little sewing and material patching and a pair of jeans has renewed use and maybe a new wearer/owner.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

    December 9, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Just think about all those “almost homeless bums” but if for not the continued FEDERAL debt bailout of the unemployed – why work when the feds will just print money and give it to “select people”(err minions and stool pigeons) who trust a system of greed because of their own needs for greeds. Kinda sad too! The real victims PARTLY are those who don’t take laundered monies to make their ways through life based upon the systematic greeds put in place to convert as many people into greedy, consumer types who froth a the bit when another consumer has something better in their mind (that is a case of a brainwashed mentality).

    Difference now is it is not JUST that both the homeless and jobless are NOW BOTH unemployed, it is about how one TYPE OF PERSON IN GOVERNMENT’S MIND (the voter whose vote is actually a metaphoric gun like that of which a support troop would use to retain power) IS catered to the pyramid schemers as compared to another. Simple greed stuff really for perpetual motion to create social demotions (those who don’t feed the machine).


  7. December 9, 2010 at 8:58 am

    I’m thinking more of the kids born into homelessness. I have a bag of jackets my kids have grown out of that will be dropped off tomarow………and to tom radiohead seabourne- I hope that was sarcasm of some sorts about it being “relatively warm right now”,albeit not freezing temps you living in a house without heat was 1. Your choice(homeless children don’t have that choice) 2.inside a HOUSE.

  8. WhatNow
    December 9, 2010 at 9:52 am

    “Anonymous says:
    December 9, 2010 at 6:51 am
    Another free giveaway. No need to work in Eureka.”

    what a jackass.

    and “henchman”-you appear to be coming unhinged.you’re babblings are increasingly pointless,off topic, and without merit.

  9. Julie Timmons
    December 9, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Here’s another vote for 6:51’s jerkhood. We’re cleaning out our closets today.

  10. Plain Jane
    December 9, 2010 at 10:13 am

    This is a great time to clean out closets of warm clothing, blankets, sleeping bags you never use. Tom’s suggestion of towels is also a great idea. I have only used a heater a couple of times over the past few years, making do with warm clothes, typing gloves and fur lined boot slippers to save energy. I’m sure Tom wasn’t implying that doing without heat inside your house is the same as not having a house. It’s unconscionable that there are any homeless children. Once, not so long ago, parents who couldn’t put a roof over their kids’ heads were considered unfit. But that cost too much.

  11. skippy
    December 9, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I agree with posters about Mr. 6:51. I believe only when our own well is full can we give to others freely.

    My well is full, we have enough (and, besides, I’ve never been in favor of being unmerciful, noncompassionate, or allowing one to freeze, anyway), so I welcome the clothing drive by KSLG, Co-Op, the ‘local philanthropist’, and Ms. Chinn’s Angels– and we hope to dig through our closet for something to contribute.

    I would like to be treated the same way given different circumstances. I think you would call that having a conscience, or ’empathy’, or perhaps ‘Seva’– the Hindu word for selfless service.

  12. December 9, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Clothing is one thing there is usually no shortage of. Plenty of 3-piece leisure suits, and Mork N Mindy t-shirts.
    What’s needed is carhart-type pants. gloves. long-johns. real clothes. One guy I talk to has on about six layers of twenty year old shirts.
    It’s not rewarding people for being destitute; it’s allowing the rest of us to enjoy the fruits of our labor. You could help the economy at the same time if you throw out those old haggar slacks, and buy some bib-overalls for the homeless of your choice.

  13. Not A Native
    December 9, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Well one thing’s for sure. That local philanthropist ISN’T Rob Arkley. When Arkley ‘gives’ something away, he ALWAYS wants public recognition and credit(and usually expects it to pay off in political support).

    In actuality, Arkley doesn’t donate, he invests, expecting a sizable return which an anonymous contribution simply won’t produce. Thats why Arkley won’t donate anonymously(except when its behind-the-scenes political donations, then Arkleys as anonymous as HiFi)

  14. Anonymous
    December 9, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    You don’t know squat. A few years ago Arkley gave a fortune to St Bernards & the one stipulation was that his name was not released.

  15. Plain Jane
    December 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    And you know about this how exactly, 3:09? Anyone can claim that they gave away fortunes anonymously since it isn’t possible to verify. It’s unlikely that a man who blows his own bugle about what a great benefactor he is would give anything without asking for it to be publicly acknowledged. Arkley is more the type to exaggerate how much he gave.

  16. by the numbers
    December 9, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    his only request is that they change the name of the school to ST.Robin :)

  17. Not A Native
    December 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Yeah, Arkley did give money to St. Bernards, its an open ‘secret’. So it wasn’t really anonymous. Staffers there were told about it, very directly. Of course, they told others. One way to skin a cat is leaking a ‘secret’ to make sure it gets out.

    It seems Arkely played politics, wanting only the Catholics to know who the donor was. My take is thats because there’s still ‘antipapist’ sentiment in this area. If you can get in and rub shoulders around the Lutheran churches for one, you’ll get an earful.

  18. Anonymous
    December 9, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Yes, he gave them a chunk to the computer lab and for other projects but he wasn’t a Catholic then.

  19. Decline to State
    December 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I was once the King of Spain and I gave everything to the poor, anonymously. Now I work at the pizza, pizza.

  20. Anonymous
    December 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Why do we always wait for Christmas to roll around before we shake off our Scrooge-like slumber and get into the spirit of giving?

  21. Not A Native
    December 9, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Arkley’s religious views don’t make a whit of difference to him when deciding contributions. Only the views of those who’s favor he wants to curry concern Arkley. The ‘open secret’ ploy was simply a way to finesse local prejudice, not a reflection of Arkley’s religious affiliation.

    As to the sincerity of Arkley’s conversion, I have no opinion. But I do know, its VERY important to be Catholic if you want to be popular in Baton Rouge.

  22. WhatNow
    December 9, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Robin Arkley Jr’s religion is MAMON.

    “Anonymous says:
    December 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm
    Why do we always wait for Christmas to roll around before we shake off our Scrooge-like slumber and get into the spirit of giving?”

    good point.
    it was driven home to me several years ago when i volunteered during a holiday.
    since then, i notify organizations of my availability to volunteer for “x” time and have them call when they’re staff needs holidays or help.

  23. Anonymous
    December 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Arkley did not give the money for the computer lab at Christmas time and his religious views do make a difference in what he give to. Also Baton Rouge has little to do with his changing to become Catholic, but his political friends have something to do with it. The rants and comments here are mean and far off base, and you’re not even mean about the things that are accurate criticisms. There are plenty of those, but most of what I see is such bull it’s hard not to comment. Do your homework, and then come back and be accurate.

  24. Decline to State
    December 9, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    How did this thread become about Arkley? How did it become about Christmas? How did it become about big government sustaining the poor?

    Hey, there are fellow beings out there with no shelter, cold and wet. For whatever reason. It’s a great excuse for getting rid of some our excesses. You can clean out your closet AND feel good about it. Win/win.

    Me, I managed to come up with two large bags of things I haven’t worn in a year that might be useful to others and I’m happy.

  25. truth
    December 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    I bet most of you don’t live in Eureka in the areas where we have to pick up discarded clothing that has been donated to the homeless by generous people like you. We have to deal with clothing that I guarantee you wouldn’t want to touch with a ten foot pole. Just wanted to let you know the other side of the story.

  26. Anonymous
    December 9, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    It always becomes about Arkley on this blog. The blogmaster is a little obsessed.

  27. December 9, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I didn’t mention Arkley. Some anonymi are a little obsessed with the blogmaster.

    December 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Anonymous says:
    December 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm
    Why do we always wait for Christmas to roll around before we shake off our Scrooge-like slumber and get into the spirit of giving?

    Response = Society is filled with back-stabbing wannabe’s for whom pull faces when it looks good, kinda like the poster with the moniker “WhatNow”.


  29. WhatNow
    December 9, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    JL, appears that the cheese has finally slipped off of your cracker.

  30. Anonymous
    December 9, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Fair enough, Heraldo.

    I would love some more positivity. Those who act crazy probably are a little. Can we be patient with them? Just because one has money doesn’t mean they have the answer.

  31. December 9, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    SmokeMonster, I didn’t mean to sound elitist. It’s just that when you get home to your trailer at 7 pm and it’s 32 degrees inside and going to stay that way, it reminds you of those without a roof. That’s why I mentioned food shelter and clothing as being important.

    In those temperatures, when you are sick and have the sweats due to fever, a towel in your sleeping bag helps you keep from being wet as well as cold. You still need another sweat shirt to change into when you wake up in a puddle of sweat and it’s 32 or 28 degrees. You throw out the towel and change your shirt and hope it is warmer the next time you wake up.

    I am lucky enough to have a job so I have a roof. At times it has been like living in a walk in freezer though. No I haven’t walked a mile in the shoes or bare feet of a homeless person but at times I have been close enough to be able to relate. In my case it was 2 and a half years of learning how much I took for granted, in the case of many others it a matter of life and death.

    We all do what we can. Some of us have more to offer than others. An extra dry sweatshirt can make all the difference sometimes.

  32. tra
    December 9, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I guess I’m missing something here — was there a reason you couldn’t have used a woodstove in your trailer, Tom?

  33. Anonymous
    December 9, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    The contribution to St Bernards was $800,000 back about 10 or 12 years ago when the school was in danger of closing. The potential closing was in the paper for weeks & the life saving contribution was announced in the paper also. When asked who the school said the donor insisted on remaining anonymous. But everybody was guessing Arkley as he was the only person with that much money around. Somebody in the SB office eventually leaked is the only thing I can think of that made people certain it was him.

  34. December 9, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    The blessings of charity are on the giver. It really is easier to give than to receive. The homeless, the addicted and the mentally ill, have it bad. Someone needs to tell those who kick downed-dogs, that it is not a wonderful life full of free-rides and fun. It’s degrading, humiliating and a suicide-inducing, depression-ridden hell.

  35. WhatNow
    December 10, 2010 at 3:43 am

    From Henchman:

    “Response = Society is filled with back-stabbing wannabe’s for whom pull faces when it looks good, kinda like the poster with the moniker “WhatNow”.”

    doesn’t even manage to make a lytle sense.


  36. Faith
    December 10, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Give what you can because you can.

    December 10, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I see I have another stalker/no name on Heraldo. Maybe Heraldo will be nice enough (as he is with other bloggers) by disclosing to me the “real name” of the moniker (WhatNow) since Heraldo is the moderator and does ocassionally pass along personal information “to out other no names” like Hi Finance and others…….

    Real names and full-disclosure, how transparent a concept. Then again, some people like the position they hide within because it serves a socio-political agenda/scheme.


  38. Anonymous
    December 10, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Did anyone hear Larry Glass’ blistering interview with John Mathews on KSLUG? SLAM! gotta love him!

  39. Heidi
    December 10, 2010 at 10:56 am

    shelter, warmth, food
    love, and sense of belonging
    primary needs of any human
    without these we fail to thrive.

  40. Decline to State
    December 10, 2010 at 11:40 am

    With the help of my wife we came up with 5 bags of clothing which I just delivered. There’s already a small mountain of clothing building up at the Co-Op. Well done Humboldt.

  41. I'm better than you are
    December 10, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Oh yeah ? Well we gave 6 bags ! Arent we all noble ?

  42. WhatNow
    December 10, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    “Real names and full-disclosure, how transparent a concept. Then again, some people like the position they hide within because it serves a socio-political agenda/scheme.


    “…paranoia strikes deep….”

    You’re exhibiting delusions of granduer.
    Actually, Jeffrey, in your case it’s delusions of significance.

  43. December 10, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Tra, when my furnace died it took me some time to obtain a wood stove. I now have one and am thankful for it.
    A stove, hearth, stove pipe and cutting it through the roof and other accessories are expensive. I spent almost 2-thousand dollars and still had to buy wood.

    Mathews was interviewing Gallegos surrounded by bags and bags of clothing when I stopped by this morning. I didn’t have bags of stuff but did make a donation. It looked like it was going to be a successful event.

  44. GlassyEyed
    December 10, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I was in the Co-Op parking lot when Mathews was interviewing Larry Glass and wanted to puke in my hand. That guy is the epitome of a bitter, malcontent agitator. Despite this I dropped off clothes to the KSLUG/Betty Chin event to help those in our community that can use them. Kudos to the organizers.

  45. December 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Regarding the comment by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2010 at 3:09 p.m. I am also very aware of a $10,000 anonymous donation by the Arkleys for who I can’t say and for what I can’t say. Because this donation was made with the stipulation that it remain anonymous, I can’t prove it or say anyone that would make anyone believe it…but many of us do know that it did happen. They are a good family. If they have a personal agenda, and in this case I couldn’t figure out what it could possibly be, except to help, then at least they are spreading the wealth in a community that depends on donations for many of its services.

    December 10, 2010 at 7:40 pm


    Not that your feeblenesses are valid, but it seems for someone such as yourself who admittedly volunteers “x” time,

    WhatNow says:
    December 9, 2010 at 5:58 pm
    Robin Arkley Jr’s religion is MAMON.

    “Anonymous says:
    December 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm
    Why do we always wait for Christmas to roll around before we shake off our Scrooge-like slumber and get into the spirit of giving?”

    good point.
    it was driven home to me several years ago when i volunteered during a holiday.
    since then, i notify organizations of my availability to volunteer for “x” time and have them call when they’re staff needs holidays or help.

    that it is ironic that you suggest your so open pulling “volunteering” faces in front of people when it counts to show your face and reveal your true identity, but here on Heraldo, you like to be secret and childish like little Ralphies schoolyard antagonist stalker. Kinda a Jeckyl and Hyde character for one who bodes about their volunteering efforts.

    Such the uplifting thoughts during the holidays……….


  47. Decline to State
    December 10, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    I’m sorry if I may have come off as an “I gave more than you” sort in my previous posting. That was not my intention. It was just that I was so delighted that between my wife and I we found so much of our closet unused and that we were able to donate. My intended message was that everyone seemed to be digging deep and giving to Betty’s cause and to the “mountain” of clothing that was quickly forming…and that’s a good thing.

  48. WhatNow
    December 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    “who ‘bodes’ about their volunteering efforts”
    Your use of the word “bodes” here is puzzling.

    Typing under the influence,perhaps?

    I used “x” time as in “fill in the blanks”.

    Depending on which organizations are dealing with which particuar needs and in what manner,I send in my commitments at the beginning of each year.This allows those organizations to call on me when they need that help instead of me showing up when they’re knee deep in good intentions.My experience volunteering ages ago during that holiday showed me the need for volunteer work year round.
    In that particular instance there were so many volunteers many were set to work doing nothing but being busy and I learned what I consider an interesting enough lesson to share.
    Not having a lot of economic resources and a grandchild to look after, I can’t donate to every organization i would wish to.
    For instance, i cut-off all donations and support to an organization that began requiring proof of citizenship before giving food and toys to families.

    I was imply offering this insight from the world of real experiences and not computer mock-ups as in, “perhaps one may consider this approach”.

    Since that was at the age of 20 (eons ago) perhaps it’s no longer of any worth to the modern saints and intellectual uber-beings such as yourself.

    Obviously you don’t believe you have anything else to learn so PLEASE go back to remaking the planet in your image.

    We ceratinly need more village idiots of your caliber.
    It always insures entertaining (if macabre) antics during primary campaigns.

    December 10, 2010 at 11:58 pm


    you have a weird way of acting out as a supposed “good person” in a world of volunteerisms when renigging on your good deeds by backstabbing from behind with story-telling antics as if afraid people will be ashamed of you had you similarly penned your John Hancock to such diatribe.


  50. Anonymous
    December 11, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Cyber bullies abound on this blog

  51. Anonymous
    December 11, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    I greatly admire Betty Chinn and her commitment to providing for people in need…am always happy to support her efforts. There is an issue related to this that I find problematic. I belong to a non-profit charitable organization that collects items throughout the year for an annual rummage sale. We have vast quantities of high quality clothing left over at the end of the sale – so much that even Betty cannot take or use all of it at one time. Every year we have trouble finding sources to take the clothing, furniture and household items we wish to donate. We contact all the known local charities, thrift stores, etc. and literally cannot give it all away for one reason or another – storage issues, etc. If anybody has a suggestion of a group that might not be so obvious, I would be interested.

  52. December 12, 2010 at 9:51 am

    This is a big problem. People are happy to give clothing, but as I mentioned up-thread; most of these clothes are not worth a ‘second life’. If the clothing is not durable, quality outdoor type, then it should probably be recycled in some way. I wish I knew of somewhere you might find a textile-recycling. but alas.
    This is one effect of the cheap Chinese/Indonesian imports. And add to that: polyester makes for lousy paint rags. There are some pictures floating around of mountains of clothing donated to Katrina victims, that got wet, and ended up being a huge problem for the authorities.

  53. Anonymous
    December 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    moviedad – The clothing I am talking about is high quality and durable – the things not worth a “second life” are recycled during the sorting process. (St. Vincent’s sends clothes like this out of area where they are made into rags.) Betty Chinn will take much of the men’s clothing, for which she has most demand. Otherwise, it is difficult to find people to take much of the women’s and children’s items. This is a sad situation, for many reasons, imo.

  54. December 18, 2010 at 10:19 am

    If you happen to see this, I would suggest the Community Resource Centers overseen by St. Joseph. They do “frontline” social work and can probably use durable outdoor clothing.

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