TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Concludes
Truckload of Warmth Drive to Benefit Families This Winter
Community-Supported Program Donates Winter Clothing to People in Need
BIRMINGHAM, AL November 24, 2014— To support families living in shelters during the winter season, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Birmingham recently hosted its Truckload of Warmth collection drive to provide essential winter clothing to families living in shelters this winter.
For people that are homeless or living in shelters, winter can be an especially dangerous time. According to http:// www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/families.html and the National Coalition for the Homeless about 41 percent of the homeless population in America is comprised of families and 44 percent of the nation’s homeless population are unsheltered. Living unsheltered during the brutal months exposes these people to dangerously low temperatures and weather conditions.
This year, the Birmingham moving company worked with local schools, churches and businesses such as Vestavia Hills Elementary School Liberty Park and Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, Gold's Gym, Keller Williams Vestavia, Solid Rock Lutheran Church and Hoover Parks and Rec, among others, to collect new or gently used winter clothing. There were 44 large boxes and bags of coats and jackets, sweaters, winter clothes, shoes, pants for men, women, teens and children were collected and were delivered to Gateway on Thursday, November 20.
Gateway is one of the oldest social service agencies in Birmingham, established as the Mercy Home in 1891 by twelve women who recognized that there were people in their community that needed help where no one else was willing or able to provide it. Over 120 years later, the agency has over 10 different programs, each designed to reach as many people as possible in the community. Gateway provides family and financial counseling, therapeutic foster care, has an independent living program that provides services for young adults who age out of the foster system, teaches violence intervention, and has many community outreach programs that focus on prevention, education, skill building and support. In all that we do, our mission is to transform the lives of families in crisis and deliver hope to the hurting.
"The generous donation of sweaters, hats, scarves, coats, shoes and more Gateway receives each year from Two Men and A Truck Birmingham’s Truckload of Warmth drive allows us to provide the young adults, teens and children in all of Gateway’s many programs! Over 50 Gateway clients are served by Truckload of Warmth each year!" says Karin Park.
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Posted on Tue, November 25, 2014
by Karin Park