As far back as I can remember there has been a "Coats for Kids," put on by Knights Of Columbus. The program was actually launched back in 2009 and has been responsible for collecting and distributing approximately 500,000 coats in 49 states and all 10 Canadian provinces. Wonderful, absolutely wonderful. Making sure every kid stays warm in the winter is very heart warming and essential.

But what about adults? It isn't easy to speak up when you are going through tough times and now more than ever so many people seem to be struggling, even more so with the pandemic. Well, if you happen to be in need there is help out there. Donna Holloway, the owner of "Threads" in Kennewick started "Project Warm Up," I talked with her and this is what she had to say about the program;

Project Warm Up is something we started about 4 years ago when we moved to our current location in downtown Kennewick. When the winter got bad we saw a huge lack of warm winter wear for those in dire need within our community. We decided to use our space as an opportunity to help the cause. So, we placed a rack outside with hangers and a statement. "Take a coat, leave a coat." The mission being to take a coat if you need one, and leave a coat if you want to donate to the cause. Not only does it feel so touching when coats are added to the rack, but its also incredibly heartwarming when we get to see someone's reaction to getting one. That is a feeling that is priceless! We want to invite you to help us make a difference, with the idea that something as little as a coat can not only warm up someone in the cold, but also give them the feeling of hope and the assurance that someone out there is thinking about them during this time. The rack will be outside for 24 hours, 7 days a week, through the cold winter time

So, if you are either in need of a warm coat or you would like to donate one you can visit their downtown location at 127 West Kennewick Ave.

Stay warm Tri-Cities and thanks for keeping us bundled up Donna!

127 W. Kennewick Ave.
Kennewick, WA 99336

127 W. Kennewick Ave.
Kennewick, WA 99336