Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Great Job on Donating Coats for Cold Weather!

Judy Merritt and Renee' Eades collecting coats.
Imagine walking around in this kind of weather without a coat.  Unfortunately, there are people that face this problem every year.  However, many of them will not have to do that this year as a direct result of kindness on the part of the staff, students, and community surround Vol State College. 

Associate Professor of English, Renee Eades has been involved with this program for several years.  “As of the end of last semester, we had collected a total of 261 coats, which exceeds the goal of 250 that we set for this year,” said Eades.  “In addition to the coats, we also received a number of hats, scarves, gloves, jumpsuits, and other winter-weather gear.  There will truly be many people well-protected from the weather this winter as a result of the donations of the people in our community!”

As a secretary for Off Campus programs, Judy Merritt gets to interact with many people from the area.  “This is my first time being on the employee relations committee,” said Merritt.  “I have signed up to help on several projects in the past and nobody ever picked me, but this year they did, and I was so excited.  I collected coats from my neighbors and brought in two or three big bags worth of items.  At least one orange coat still had the price tags on it, so I know somebody just wanted to go out and do something nice for someone.”

“I am so proud to have been a part of the effort to collect these winter necessities,” said Eades.  “I would like to first thank all of you who contributed these coats and outerwear.  You have gone above and beyond the definition of "giving" during this holiday season, and your efforts will be appreciated even more by those who will be receiving these coats, hats, scarves, and gloves.”

The coat drive is sponsored by the Burlington Coat Factory and ABC's Good Morning America and the not-for profit One Warm Coat

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