ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Syrian refugees who ended up in St. Louis were so desperate to flee their homeland that many of them failed to bring along winter clothing.

An effort being spearheaded by KMOX’s own Charlie Brennan is collecting coats for those refugees in need. Brennan has been following the plight of Syrian refugees in St. Louis for the last few weeks.

With the help of Nerinx Hall High School and Clayton School District, Brennan was able to collect clean, gently used coats for adults and children, and hand them out over the weekend.

And the coats weren’t just for Syrian families.

“A lot of locals came up to us, as did a lot of Somalian refugees,” Brennan says. “Also expressing the need for winter coats. So we gave out about 500 coats.”

Brennan says they need more coats to reach all those in need, and he expects to have details on another collection drive coming up soon.

He says the coats do need to be clean and gently used because he doesn’t have the resources to clean them.

Brennan also asked for help from any retail stores, asking them to contact him through email:

Brennan has been visiting local families of Syrian refugees since October, when he investigated their nightmare living conditions.

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