Coat Drive

The annual Warners’ Warm Up Coat Drive in Franklin County ends this Thursday.

The drive, now in its fourth year, got under way Nov. 1. This year’s goal is 2,000 coats.

Keith Whittemore, coordinator, said new and gently used winter coats of all shapes and sizes are being sought, and children’s coats are especially needed.

The drive is part of former St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner and his wife Brenda’s First Things First Foundation.

Coats collected in Franklin County will be distributed by Agape House of St. Clair, Loving Hearts Outreach, Washington, Meramec Mission in Sullivan, Agape House of Pacific, the Washington Emergency Relief Fund and Pregnancy Assistance Center.

Drop-off locations are as follows:

The Missourian, KLPW, Applebee’s, The Creek Grill & Sports Bar, Elks Lodge 1559, Schnucks, Presbyterian Church, Kids Ahoy Learn & Care Center, RE/MAX Gold First;

South Point Elementary, Washington West Elementary, Campbellton Elementary, Fifth Street Elementary and Clearview Elementary, all in the Washington School District; St. Francis Borgia Grade School and St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, Washington; and Our Lady of Lourdes Church and School in Washington;

St. John UCC, Johnny’s Restaurant, Union, Zion UCC Union, Bethany UCC, Pacific library, Orscheln Farm & Home in Pacific, and the Fulton School in St. Albans.

First Things First corporate sponsors include the Washington, Union and Sullivan Walgreens and Look After Hair Company, which will be collection sites as well.

Need Volunteers To Sort Coats

Volunteers also are needed to help collect and sort the coats. Anyone who can help is asked to contact Whittemore at 314-629-8448; email,

Sorting will be done Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Washington.