April 20, 2018
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Caribou Legionnaire’s jacket accidentally given away during coat drive

Contributed photo | BDN
Contributed photo | BDN
An Army extreme weather camouflage jacket like the one shown here was accidentally given away on Oct. 26 during a Coats for Kids and Families drive at the American Legion in Caribou. Legion Auxiliary members are asking the community’s help in returning the jacket to its rightful owner.
By Natalie De La Garza, Aroostook Republican & News

CARIBOU, Maine — A group well-known for its volunteerism and community support is currently asking area residents to help reunite a local man with a cherished piece of property.

While busy implementing another tremendously successful Coats for Kids and Families project, members of the American Legion Auxiliary, Henry B. Pratt Jr. Unit 15 of Caribou accidentally gave away one coat too many.

The treasured coat of a Legionnaire, who was at the facility to play some cribbage, was accidentally one of 800 distributed during the event. It was given to a family looking to pick up a coat for their son.

Understandably, the coat’s rightful owner would very much like it returned.

“The coat was an Army extreme weather camouflage jacket, and there was a set of keys in the pocket,” said Coats for Kids and Families Chair Jessica Feeley.

Feeley expressed the need for the community’s support in helping to find and return the jacket to its rightful owner.

“This coat cannot be purchased; it was earned as part of the owner’s service to our country,” she said.

One of the aspects of the Coats for Kids and Families project that has allowed it to be successful is the ability for participants to remain anonymous. To get a new winter coat, all folks have to do is show up.

That means there is no way of knowing who was accidentally given the Legionnaire’s coat, other than by spreading the word around.

Whoever has the coat is asked to return it to the Legion Hall on Sweden Street between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. or during any of the hall’s Bingo Nights. Should the coat be returned during Bingo Night, the individual is asked to notify the caller.

“Thank you for your anticipated cooperation of this matter,” Feeley said.

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