What do a locally-owned bank, an iconic Utah restaurant chain and Utah’s largest dry cleaner have in common?

They’re all partnering to collect warm coats, blankets and clothing to give to local charities across the state. Bank of Utah, Arctic Circle Restaurants and Red Hanger are co-sponsoring the sixth annual Warm Bodies, Warm Souls coat drive Nov. 20 – Dec. 15. The public is encouraged to collect new or gently-used coats, hats, scarves, gloves, socks and blankets and drop them off at any of Bank of Utah’s 15 locations, Arctic Circle’s 35 restaurants or Red Hanger’s 21 locations in Utah.

To encourage participation, Arctic Circle is offering a coupon for a free double cheese burger to those who donate at their restaurants, and Red Hanger will give customers a certificate for a free shirt cleaning for donating at their dry cleaner locations. Bank of Utah will offer donators their choice of the two coupons for donating at the bank branches.

“Bank of Utah started the Warm Bodies, Warm Souls coat drive in 2011, to help local non-profits in our bank communities care for needy families during the cold winter months,” said Douglas L. DeFries, Bank of Utah president. “Arctic Circle Restaurants and their foundation, Arctic Cares, joined us in 2014, which broadened the reach of the campaign. And now, we’re excited to have Red Hanger add their locations for a total of 71 drop off sites in all. Now it’s more convenient than ever to help warm the bodies and souls of the less fortunate, with a donation.”

Bank of Utah will distribute donations to the following charities:

  • Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank - Ogden
  • The Lantern House - Ogden
  • Cache Community Food Pantry - Logan
  • Tremonton Community Pantry - Tremonton
  • New Hope Crisis Center - Brigham City
  • Tabitha’s Way - Orem
  • Crossroads Urban Center - Salt Lake City
  • The Road Home - Salt Lake City
  • Bountiful Community Pantry - Bountiful

According to Alicia Gleed Green, marketing coordinator for The Road Home, “We expect to see record numbers of people seeking shelter and basic needs such as blankets and coats this winter. “We are so grateful for the donations that come from Warm Bodies, Warm Souls.”

For more information on the coat drive and drop off locations visit https://www.bankofutah.com/warm-bodies-warm-souls.