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Valley Rescue Mission Kicks Off 2024 with Successful Coat Drive

Winter is here, and the warmth of generosity has shone brightly during our recent coat drive. Valley Rescue Mission is immensely grateful for the incredible support we received from our media partner, WTVM News Leader 9, and our wonderful community of donors and local businesses.

This annual event encourages folks to donate new or gently used coats for those facing the chill of winter, and this year exceeded all expectations! Individuals from across west Georgia and east Alabama rallied together to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated, as well as our partners who offered their businesses as drop-off locations across the region, including Sons Chevrolet in Columbus, Sons Ford in Auburn, St. Luke Church in Columbus, and multiple Master Kleen sites across the valley. The overwhelming response well and truly warmed our hearts.

Furthermore, our one-day drop-off event at WTVM’s station on was a resounding success, thanks to the kindness and compassion of our generous community.

Special gratitude goes to Master Kleen, who not only supported the cause but also ensured that every donated coat was cleaned and prepared for distribution by Valley Rescue Mission. Their dedication made a significant impact on the success of the drive.

Mike Gaymon, CEO and president of Valley Rescue Mission, is happy with the results of this collaborative event. ”Through the kindness and generosity of our community, this year's coat drive has been an incredible success,” said Gaymon. “We're deeply grateful for the support of our media partner, WTVM News Leader 9, and all our partners and donors. Together, we're making winter warmer for those in need."

In the end, this year's coat drive showcased the incredible power of coming together for a common cause. It is a testament to the compassion and goodwill that our community embodies. As winter settles in, Valley Rescue Mission remains committed to making a positive impact on the lives of those in need. We look forward to spreading warmth and kindness throughout the season, thanks to the unwavering support of our community, our partners, and you.

Darryl Pointer, our Men's Shelter program coordinator, discussed the coat drive with WTVM.

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