â€śWarm Up Marshall Countyâ€ť is the brainchild of Steve Keiser from Oliver Ford. Â Now in its 13th year, the coat drive was inspired when he saw a young child walking to school in bitter cold without a jacket. Â Keiser approached his boss at Oliver Ford and asked if they could do something to help. Â And the â€śWarm Up Marshall Countyâ€ť Coat Drive was born.
Several area businesses will serve as collection points, including WTCA, The Plymouth Pilot and Oliver Ford, with other partners providing products and services. Â Priceâ€™s Village Valet Cleaners prepares all of the coats prior to distribution, and Kabelinâ€™s Ace Hardware provides gloves to accompany each coat.
The coats will be distributed at the National Guard Armory in Plymouth on Saturday, November 12thÂ from 10AM to NoonÂ and November 13thÂ from Noon to 2PM. Â There are no requirements for proof of need, but because of the demand, there will be a limit on the number of coats to one coat per person present. Â So if you have several children in need, please have them in attendance so that a good fit can be guaranteed.