The Helping Hands of Southern Boone has started it’s Project Warm drive for this winter.

According to Sandy Robinson, Project Warm is a program from Helping Hands which provides coats to those who need them. The concept is simple, Robinson said, people can just go to a Project Warm location in Ashland and either take a coat you need – or leave a coat.

“We have locations at the Primary and Middle School, at Ashland Pharmacy, at the Copper Kettle and at 800 S. Henry Clay,” Robinson said. Project Warm runs through March 31.

The Helping Hands Southern Boone organization has also recently elected its first board of directors.

“We have grown so fast and it has become overwhelming for just a few people,” Robinsons said. “It started with just Kellye (McCord) and now we have had more than 300 people involved.”

The new board includes: Co-Chair & Elderly Care- Sandy Robinson, Treasurer- Krissi Sims Winningham, Secretary- Robin Shaon, Marketing & Advertising- Joel Quinn, Fundraising & Event- Karyn Rose & Cecilia Holbrook, Food & Meals- Steffany Ingebritson, Community Liaison- Ernest Wren, Free Store Manager- Debbie Duck Snider, Handyman & Grounds Keeper- Richard Townlain.

“We worked to divide our committees into different areas and reached out to the community to some volunteers we thought could provide us their expertise,” Robinson said. “But we always need volunteers.”

To volunteer with Helping Hands Southern Boone, call 573-356-1174 or stop by Ashland Pharmacy.