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Ashton's Birthday Wish Coat Drive Happening October 13

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Ashton Ryan, organizer Ashton Ryan, organizer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

The "Ashton's Birthday Wish Coat Drive" will be held at Moose's By the Creek Restaurant Saturday, October 13.

The annual coat drive got its start when now Charlottesville High School senior, Ashton Ryan, was just ten years old.

This year's event will feature live music, games, a photo booth, and appearances from the UVA hockey team. 

Volunteers say the annual drive has donated thousands of coats over the years.

"Every year, we get more and more coats, and more and more community involvement, and it just amazes me that everybody comes together to do this," Ashton Ryan, organizer.

The organization says if you or someone you know is in need of a coat this winter to reach out to them directly at ashtonswish@aol.com

Saturday's event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you can't make the event, but would still like to donate, Ashton's Wish will be placing donation boxes at several businesses in the community from October 15 through November 15.

Those locations include: Tiger Fuel Markets, Applebees on Pantops, Bremo Auctions at Pantops, and Moose By the Creek Restaurant.