Mast Store is helping Share the Warmth in all its communities by holding a coat collection now through November 30. Columbia Sportswear, Mast Store’s vendor partner, is making a donation of new coats, jackets, and fleeces to keep the chill away, too.

The Share the Warmth coat collection is in its 13th year, and Columbia is supporting the efforts for the ninth year.

“We want to help as many people as we possibly can,” said Lisa Cooper, president of Mast Store. “With Columbia’s assistance and the contributions from others in our community, we help more than we could by ourselves.”

Donations made at any Mast Store will go to schools, shelters, or non-profit organizations that work directly with the individuals in need. At the Mast Store in Columbia, donations will go to Transitions Homeless Center. The new outerwear from Columbia is going to Epworth Children’s Home (youth sizes) and Transitions (adult sizes).

Donations should be clean and gently used, so they are ready for the recipient. Blankets, gloves, hats, and heavy sweaters are also accepted.

For more information about Share the Warmth, call your local Mast Store at 803-771-2300.