Contact: Simone Brands
Dec. 1, 2003, Atlanta,GA. - As the sharp chill of winter begins to set in, join the City of Atlanta, SCANA Energy and B98.5FM as they launch the "Stay Warm Coat Drive" to encourage Atlantans to help homeless and low-income people stay warm this winter.
The campaign to raise awareness of how winter weather impacts the less fortunate will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, on the steps of Atlanta City Hall at 68 Mitchell Street. Metro residents are being asked to drop off gently used coats to benefit the Milton Avenue Shelter, the Ellis Street Shelter and the Atlanta Union Mission Emergency Shelter. City officials, SCANA Energy representatives, and Kelly and Alpha from the B 98.5 FM Morning Show will be on hand to accept coats, hats and scarves and other donations of winter warmth.
Those who donate coats during the Dec. 3 kick-off will be registered to win great prizes, including airline tickets anywhere in the continental United States, and tickets to entertainment and sporting events. Bins will also be available until Dec. 12 for people to drop off donations of used coats.
"We'd like to extend our thanks to SCANA Energy and B98.5FM for reaching out to the homeless and the vulnerable as cold weather sets in," said Mayor Shirley Franklin. "Without a doubt, the generous donations of metro Atlantans can help save lives."
Women's and children's coats will be sent to the Milton Avenue and Ellis Street Shelters. Men's coats will be sent to the Atlanta Union Mission Emergency Shelter. All donations are tax deductible.
"We are pleased once more to team up with the city of Atlanta in helping low-income people," said George Devlin, vice president and general manager of SCANA Energy. For two years, SCANA Energy has donated more than 2,000 fans to help low-income seniors throughout the state stay cool during the summer. "As the regulated provider for natural gas in Georgia, we are sensitive to the needs of low-income people, and we want to do everything we can to make sure that everyone, including the homeless, stay warm this winter."
Official drop-off sites for the coat drive are: City Hall 55 Trinity Avenue Suite 1920 Atlanta, GA 30303 Telephone: 404-330-6023 Collections: 8:15a.m.– 5 p.m. City Hall East 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue Atlanta, GA 30308 Telephone: 404-330-6023 Collections: 8:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.