"We saw last year that Little Britain needed help collecting coats and we decided we could work together," said Union Presbyterian member Holly Urbine.
This year, Union's congregation will collect coats and help with the distribution at Little Britain.
The help is appreciated, said Little Britain member Lynne Hart.
"The greatest need is always for kids coats, ones that fit ages six to 12," Hart said.
Coats, hats, scarves, gloves, and hoodies may be dropped off at Little Britain, 255 Little Britain Church Rd., from noon to 3 p.m. on October 24, 25, and 31 as well as November 1, 7, 8, 14, and 15. Donors can call the church office at 717-548-2266 for other times.
Union, 5637 Street Rd., Kirkwood, will accept through the month of October. The church is open for donations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and on Sundays.
"We didn't have any until we announced it in church last Sunday. Then, when I checked today, all of a sudden there was a rack of coats," Urbine said last Thursday morning.
"We're asking people to donate items that are gently-worn. That means the zippers work and there are no holes," Hart said. The drive will also accept new items.
"We go through them before we send them to the cleaners to make sure they're in good condition," Hart said.
This will be the third year Hart has helped coordinate the drive. Although the church has served as a distribution site for years, in 2015 it also began collecting winter clothing. They stepped in that year because the drive held by Solanco's schools did not get off the ground. Last year, Solanco revived its program and the two drives work together.
Items collected by the churches and the schools are cleaned free of charge at Clean Enterprises. The local cleaner also serves as one of the distribution sites.
The winter items will be available for pickup at Little Britain from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on November 25 and 27 and on December 2.
"We have families who come every year. We don't know their names but we know their faces. We're also starting to see older people coming in," Hart said. "We don't limit what they can take. We only ask that they take only what they need."