By Lora Marini Baker
The Salvation Army Northwest Divisional Headquarters (Wash.) has joined forces with KeyBank and TV station King 5 to meet the demands of the cold, harsh winter in western Washington. Freezing temperatures require warm clothing—warm clothing that many people cannot afford after paying rent and/or putting food on the table.
To jumpstart the project, KeyBank contributed $10,000 toward the purchase of new hats, gloves, scarves and socks. Collection bins went up in all 150 KeyBank locations and KeyBank customers donated $1,625.
To date, 5,444 items have been collected for the campaign. As the venture nears its end, its timeliness is evident: western Washington has had record-breaking cold temperatures and snows recently.