A well known long time Pasco volunteer service group is closing at the end of the year, after over 19 years, the founder and operator facing serious health issues.

Project Warm Up has handed out tens of thousands of coats, gloves, hats, scarves and more to needy people in the Tri-Cities over the years, but founder Hollli Calder-Cox is closing the doors. She's dealing with serious health issues, and must step down.

The non profit group, located at 720 West Court Street, has staged a variety of events to raise awareness and clothing for those who need it, including one final Joy of Stocking Stuffing, but after this winter the agency will shut down.

Calder-Cox told local news media she's facing regrets and doesn't want to end it, but the health concerns are forcing her hand. She has not been able to find anyone to take over her role and oversee the group who will do it for free, as she has for over two decades. Calder-Cox has not made one penny from the operation.

Project Warm Up still needs winter items for that final stocking stuffer project, donations can be dropped off at their location Monday thru Thursday from 9am to noon.

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