Local Charities Receive Coats from Titans Coat Drive




Nashville, TENN -** Local charities will be able to provide those they support with a warm coat this winter thanks to the Titans coat drive which was held on Sunday, November 29th before the Titans big win over the Arizona Cardinals. Thousands of charitable fans gave up their coats, gloves, scarves and anything else that would help warm some thankful souls this winter. Titans' fans once again proved how generous they are by donating approximately 2,500 coats. Nashville organizations Bethlehem Center of Nashville, Campus for Human Development, Catholic Charities, East Nashville Cooperative Ministry, Magness Potter, Martha O'Bryan Center, Nashville Rescue Mission, the Salvation Army Men's Rehabilitation Center and the YWCA, all received coats that were donated during the drive.

Manning the charity drop sites on Sunday during the drive were high school football players from three Nashville schools as well as a high school in Knoxville. East Literature Magnet School, Pearl-Cohn and Stratford High School represented the Nashville area while Austin East High School made the trip from Knoxville to lend a hand. As a thank you for volunteering their time to man the donation sites, the players were invited to sit on the field during the game.

John Houston, a member of the East Literature Magnet School football team said, "Our coach asked the players who he thought had strong character and were reliable to help out today. There are nine of us from our team and I'm proud to be one of them."



Also a member of the East Literature team, Marcus Taylor said that his school and team have been part of other charity projects before which include working with children, reading to children and building gardens.

Houston, Taylor and fellow teammates Chris Cartwright and Antonio McKissack all shared the same sentiment when asked why it is important for them to be part of volunteer activities. They said it was important because they enjoyed helping people who really need help and that help our community.

The participating non-profits sent volunteers on Monday to sort through the coats. Volunteers went through multiple bags of clothing, sorting them by size, before being released to their waiting organizations based on their stated need. Once finished, they were able to take the coats back to their facility, where they will be distributed.

Melody Harmon, Marketing/PR Coordinator for The Salvation Army Men's Rehabilitation Center was on hand with volunteers from her organization to sort through the massive amounts of coats received on Sunday. Harmon was able to take 210 coats with her to her center to distribute.

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