WarmUpMarshallCounty1The cold winter weather will quickly be knocking on our door and Warm Up Marshall County is getting ready to kick off its 19th year eagerly ready to start collecting coats.

Warm Up Marshall County was started when Steve Keiser he saw young children walking to school in the bitter cold without proper coats.   Keiser approached his boss, Jack Oliver at Oliver Ford Lincoln and asked if they could do something to help and the Warm Up Marshall County coat drive was born.

Warm Up Marshall County is a winter coat drive for infants, children, men and women.  New and gently used coats are being collected now though November 13th.  The goal this year is to collect 600 to 700 coats so check around your house and see if you have any coats you don’t’ wear anymore. Wash it up and please make sure the zipper works and the buttons are there and then donate it. If it needs to be dry-cleaned you can drop it off at Xaver Cleaners in downtown Plymouth with a $4 donation and they will clean it and get it to the donation box.

Collection sites this year are at the WTCA Radio Station at 112 West Washington Street, Oliver Ford Lincoln on East Jefferson Street in the white van in the parking lot, the Pilot News and Dr. Louis Plumlee in downtown Plymouth, Walmart and Beacon Credit Union on Oak Drive.

Keiser said, “Walmart came on board a couple of years ago and helps provide 200 plus new kids coats each year while Plymouth F.O.P. Lodge 195 donates hats and gloves.  The Hoosier Old Wheels Club also donates gloves while the National Guard Armory donates their space and the UPS Store offers Warm Up Marshall County the boxes to collect coats in.”

Warm Up Marshall County will distribute coats on Saturday, November 18th from 10 a.m. till noon and Sunday, November 19th from noon till 2.  Distribution will be at the National Guard Armory at on Madison Street in Plymouth.

To receive donated coats please bring your children so that a good fit can be guaranteed. Keiser also asks that people don’t take advantage of the program.

The Warm Up Marshall County Program is supported by these great businesses and by the generous people of Marshall County.