With winter comes harsh temperatures combined with blistering winds that require adequate protection for comfort and safety. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford the proper outerwear for these conditions, which is why Arsenal Credit Union is participating in Warners’ Warm-up. This program, spearheaded by the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation and supported annually by us, has collected more than 190,000 coats since 2001.
Members are encouraged to bring in lightly worn or new coats to any of our branches (except the South 2nd Street location) from Tuesday, Nov. 1, through Monday, Nov. 14, giving plenty of time for coat collections before the worst of the winter weather hits the Bi-State area. After the collection, members of Operation Food Search deliver the coats to men, women and children who are in need.
Warners’ Warm-up is a part of Arsenal’s social responsibility initiative, which includes such programs as providing sack lunches for the homeless and collecting school supplies for children who cannot afford them. Other social responsibility efforts include holding recycling events for old electronics and teaching young people about finances in the classroom. The drive also fits into Arsenal’s philosophy of people helping people, which permeates every aspect of the organization.
In addition to donating coats at Arsenal Credit Union, people can also make monetary donations to First Things First by visiting www.KurtWarner.com. A donation of only $25 provides a coat for a child, the group most in need of winter warmth. To promote the coat drive on social media, you can use the hashtag #WarnersWarmup.