By MATT PIKE
St. Joseph Post
The annual coat drive is underway for the St. Joseph Salvation Army, as it works to hand out coats and other warm weather clothing to those in need.
Major Ronald Key with the Salvation Army says last year was very successful in handing out not only coats, but mittens, scarves and other warmer clothing during the cold months.
“We gave out almost 400 last year, so we’ll take them, you know we give them out all year long not just November and December, but even in the spring because sometimes it’s so cold in the spring that people need coats, so we’ll continue to give those out,” Key tells KFEQ/St. Joseph Post. “And it can be more then just coats, it can also be hats, and gloves, and scarves and those kinds of things that people just need to stay warm.”
Key says as long as people need warm weather clothing, they will have some available for free.
“They can just come in and what they basically do is come to our office, we give them a voucher to go over to our warehouse, and then they can pick out a coat and it doesn’t cost them anything,” Key says.
The Salvation Army continues to look for more donations of hats, scarves, coats and other warm weather clothing. Key says they will take anything that is lightly worn, clean and ready to wear.
To donate any warm weather clothing, you can bring items to the Salvation Army Warehouse at fifth and Messanie or to the Corps Community Center, both in St. Joseph, from 9am to 4pm.