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Coat Drive to support Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation and Operation Food Search |

Fri October 31, 2014

Read the original story on Patch.com

ST. LOUIS (October 31, 2014) – The St. Louis division of clothing recycler USAgain is collecting winter coats for two weeks to support the Warners’ Warm-up Coat Drive in partnership with the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation and Operation Food Search.

From Nov. 1 to Nov. 14, USAgain will accept new and gently-used winter coats of all shapes and sizes at its 400 recycling bin locations around the city. At the end of the drive, USAgain will deliver the coats to the St. Louis-based offices of Operation Food Search which will distribute the coats to homeless shelters, schools, and other social service agencies throughout the St. Louis and Metro East region in time for the cold winter months.

“Each year the demand for coats in the St. Louis area exceeds the supply collected through our annual coat drive. As the Warners’ Warm-up Coat Drive enters its fourteenth year, we are excited to receive support from USAgain to assist us in collecting more coats than ever before and keeping more bodies warm this winter,” said Jen Zink, Director of Programs for the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation.

This is the second year USAgain has partnered with the foundation. In addition to the drive, USAgain collected coats, other articles of clothing and shoes throughout the year.

“We’re tremendously excited to partner with such a great organization,” said Tom Jacquin, Division Manager of USAgain. “The Foundation will ensure that these coats are given to people in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area who need them, and we’ll be continuing our mission of diverting clothing from landfills.”

Around St. Louis, USAgain has partnered with charity organizations including Habitat for Humanity, the Dignity House, Boys and Girls Club, and the St. Patrick Center. USAgain looks forward to future community outreach events in St. Louis.