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Salvation Army holds annual coat giveaway

Over 300 donated coats were given away at the Salvation Army's annual event Saturday morning.

Posted: Nov 2, 2019 10:53 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The local Salvation Army gave away hundreds of donated coats during an annual giveaway Saturday morning.  prepared for the winter.

"I’m very excited and impressed at the generosity of St. Joe," Major Laura Key, Salvation Army said. 

Many took full advantage of the giveaway, families came in search of the perfect coat to keep their little ones bundled up. 

Volunteers helped to make sure everyone walked away with the right coat, those volunteers said the donated coats don’t just warm bodies, they also warm spirits.

"People come in and they’re smiling," Marc Ellis, a volunteer said. "To see how many people they actually reach out to is just wonderful."

Giveaway organizers say everyone involved walks away with something warm, be it a coat, or just the warm feeling of making a positive difference.

"It really blessed a lot of people," Key said.  

"You can help somebody out when they need it," Ellis said. 

Organizers said the Salvation Army is running low on hats, gloves, and scarfs. Donations will be accepted at the Salvation Army's St. Joseph location at 602 Messanie St. throughout the season. 

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More hot and humid weather on the way for today with highs back in the upper 90s with some areas reaching triple digits. Use caution when spending time outside because heat index values will once again be in the triple digits for many. A cold front will start to approach our area tonight and stall to our north giving us a few chances for showers and thunderstorms overnight, however this activity will not be widespread. Temperatures will still be above average this weekend with highs in the 90s. A few lingering rain chances will continue this weekend, but much of the weekend will be dry. The cold front will move through the area early next week giving us some much cooler temperatures. High will be back down in the upper 70s and lower 80s to start off next week.
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