SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — If you have a life jacket that’s too small, you can trade it in for a properly fitting one at an exchange event this weekend.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with Cabela’s for it’s fourth annual life jacket exchange. They are inviting people to bring in old life jackets that no longer fit and exchange them for properly fitting ones.
You can also donate used life jackets or money for new ones.
“I can buy these for ten bucks. Tell me your child isn’t worth ten dollars. So the exchange is one thing, ten dollars is cheap insurance for a child’s well-being around waterways,” says John Miller with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.
The old life jackets must be in good condition, because officials will give them away to those who need them. They’ll also place them at county parks as loaners. In all, they hand out 200 to 300 life jackets every year.
If you want to participate, rummage through your home, boats, garage and closet for life jackets you no longer use and bring them down to Cabela’s. The exchange happens Saturday at Cabela’s at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m.
You can also donate life jackets at any time. Just drop them off at the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.