Local Groups Work to Warm Up Columbia

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COLUMBIA - With temperatures dropping, local groups work together to see that the community stays warm.  The Voluntary Action Center, D&H Drugstore, Commerce Bank and residents are donating coats, jackets, hats, gloves and other outer apparel to those in need. 

The Warm Up Columbia distribution started at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and will go until noon at The Armory on 701 East Ash Street.  "Almost 3-4,000 items have been donated this year, so we have more than enough for anyone who needs it," said Voluntary Action Center Project Director Ron Schmidt.  This is the eighth year Warm Up Columbia has taken place, and the donations continue to grow with each year. 

"The most popular items have been comforters or blankets.  We have a lot of homeless people who come in, and a blanket can be life saving for them," said Schmidt. 

The Voluntary Action Center has an additional Christmas Program where sponsors provide gifts for families in need.  To donate, volunteer or receive services, visit www.vacmo.org.