Hazelwood Firefighters’ Community Outreach Program has joined forces with NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner and his wife, Brenda, for this year’s Warners’ Warm-Up Coat Drive in the Bi-State area. Those living in Hazelwood, and other surrounding North County communities, will be able to drop-off their winter coat donations at five collection sites from Nov. 1 to Nov. 14.
What started in 2001 as a one-day drive prior to a Rams home game has turned into a successful 2-week community-wide collection campaign. More than 200,000 coats have been collected over the past 16 years, which averages out to 15,000 each year. Hazelwood Firefighters will be accepting new and gently-used winter coats of all shapes and sizes for men, women and children who are in need throughout the Bi-State region. The five collection sites in Hazelwood include the following: Hazelwood City Hall, 415 Elm Grove Lane; Fire Station #1, 6100 N. Lindbergh Blvd.; Fire Station #2, 6800 Howdershell Road; Hazelwood Community Center, 1186 Teson Road; and Civic Center East, 8969 Dunn Road.
Some children living in Hazelwood may end up benefitting from this year’s winter coat drive. “In addition to establishing collection sites for residents in Hazelwood, our Firefighters have made visits to several elementary schools to help size kids for new coats and submit this information,” Hazelwood Fire Chief Dave Herman said. “It will take about 10 days for Operation Food Search, St. Louis’ largest free good and personal care non-profit distribution center, to ship them to us.”
Each collection site in Hazelwood will feature a big box container and signage for residents to drop-off their donations. Cash contributions will be accepted at both Fire Stations as well. A $25 donation can buy a new winter coat for a child in need.
Although the Rams are no longer in St. Louis, we are fortunate that NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner and his wife, Brenda, haven’t given up their commitment to help needy families in the St. Louis area. “Let’s show the Bi-State region that the City of Hazelwood has a big heart and wants to help those in need,” Chief Herman noted. For more information on the Hazelwood Firefighters’ participate in the Warners’ Warm-Up Winter Coat Drive, contact Hazelwood Firefighter Bob Glenn at (314) 440-9716.