Keeping them warm

by Matthew Allen

Birmingham is always ranked highly on lists of cities that are most philanthropic, so it comes as no surprise that the first-ever Birmingham Fun and Family Coat Drive was a tremendous success.

“We put out the call to our advertisers and supporting businesses,” says publisher Matthew Allen. “The desire to help was amazing. Businesses gladly accepted our collection boxes, and readers of the magazine and members of many different communities responded as well.”

Coats were delivered to the Jimmie Hale Mission in January.

The coat drive, which brought in more than 260 coats and jackets for men, women and children, benefitted The Jimmie Hale Mission.

“These coats will fill a huge need for our residents,” says Andrea Nuss, a development specialist with Jimmie Hale. “It’s one of the greatest needs each winter. We rely on the generosity of the Birmingham community, and they always come through for us.”

Collection boxes were available throughout the month of November. Businesses that participated include Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center’s clinics in Alabaster, Bessemer, and Homewood; CakEffect in Hoover; Columbiana Family Dentistry; Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids in Hoover; Eyes on Chelsea Vision Care; Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera; Jackie O’Neal School of Dance in Vestavia Hills; Pure Fitness in Vestavia Hills; Single Barrel Barber Shop in Homewood; The Whole Scoop in Hoover; and Urgent Care for Children’s clinics in Birmingham and Trussville.

Two schools, Cornerstone Christian School in Columbiana and Creative Montessori School in Homewood, also donated, with students organizing mini-drives of their own.

An example of what can be accomplished when our area communities join forces and show compassion, this Coat Drive could not have happened without your support. Thank you to all who participated in giving the gift of warmth this winter.

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