SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Chimankpam Arungwa was sitting at home earlier this month and realized that he had a lot of extra coats and jackets that could be going to use, so he reached out to a group of friends and Project Warm Up was born.

The Project Warm Up team — Chimankpam Arungwa, Alexis Brice, Bryce Dixon, Zaire Handcock, Salomon Jolimere, Jeremiah Richardson and Xavier Silva — are all members of the Columbia High School class of 2017. They will be collecting winter clothes including coats, sweaters, hats, gloves, blankets and sleeping bags at two South Orange and two Maplewood locations for the month of November. 

Due to the pandemic Project Warm Up is offering contactless drop-offs for donations and taking extra precautions when dealing with the clothes.

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“Only our main team is going to be dealing with the clothes, with gloves on and sanitizer at all of our sorting tables,” said Arungwa. “We’re mostly looking for gently used to new clothes but any donations we get that are more worn we will be washing.”

The last few days of November into the first week in December, Project Warm Up will be staffing a table outside the South Orange Public Library to collect final donations. Then the first weekend in December they will be distributing the jackets at an event with the Apostle’s House, a transitional home in Newark for women and children.

Project Warm Up is accepting donations in South Orange at 56 Holland Road and 135 South Kingman Road and in Maplewood at 34 Mountain Avenue and 55 Rutgers Street. To volunteer to help organize clothes and pick-up donations, email


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