2011-02-25 / News

Have a cup of coffee and warm up someone

By Julia Rogers Hook

The next time you want to warm up with a steaming cup of coffee, you can also help some of Columbia’s less fortunate stay warm as well.

The Salvation Army is teaming up with Starbuck’s Coffee and Two Men and a Truck over the next month to collect and distribute coats to those in need throughout the city.

Starbucks, a high end coffee shop that has been around since 1971 and prides itself on serving top–rated coffees and teas around the globe will house the drop–off points all over Columbia.

Boxes will be provided by Two Men and a Truck, the largest franchised moving company in North America. They will be providing the boxes for coats to be dropped off in and the Salvation Army will distribute the gently used jackets and coats to those who would otherwise do without.

“Starbucks’ district manager approached me several weeks ago about beginning a coat drive to help people in our community,” said Seth Taylor, public relations and volunteer coordinator for the Salvation Army. “I thought it was a great idea but knew we would need several boxes large enough to hold many coats at the eight participating Starbucks stores. So I contacted the general manager at Two Men and a Truck who cheerfully agreed to provide the boxes, drop off the boxes at the Starbucks stores, and drop off coats at The Salvation Army when the boxes become full. We are so grateful to Starbucks and to Two Men and a Truck for their important partnership during this Coat Drive to keep local people warm during these cold months.”

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children.

Unlike many charities, almost all donations go directly to the needy. Their website said that 82–cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities.

Taylor said that with the three organizations working together, they are trying to make it as simple as possible for Columbia citizens to help those in need.

“I encourage people to drop off coats at one or more of the eight participating Starbucks stores to help keep someone warm this winter.”

Drop-off locations for the coats are:
 Saluda Avenue & Harden Street (747 Saluda Avenue)
 Forest Drive & Trenholm Road (4840 Forest Drive, Suite 15A)
 Garners Ferry & Old Woodlands Roads (6080 A Garners Ferry Road)
 Columbiana Centre (100 Columbiana Circle #1040)
 Two Notch Road ( Village at Sandhill) (163-8 Forum Drive)
 Gervais and Lincoln Streets (829 Gervais Street)
 Village at Sandhill (480-6 Town Center Place)
 Harbison Boulevard and Columbiana Drive (276 Harbison Blvd)
The Coat Drive began on Friday, February 11 and will run through Thursday,
March 31.

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