Day 8 - Fall 2015 Blanket Drops Tour - 750 Blankets, Northeast Georgia Homeless and Poverty Coalition

In Athens, we joined Matt Hanson of the University of Georgia Bookstore and several members of his leadership team along with Cori, Donte, Josh, and Katie from Fermata Partners (company that runs licensing for the University of Georgia). There we visited the Homeless Day Service Center where With a Purpose had just sent 750 blankets to be received by members of the Northeast Georgia Homeless and Poverty Coalition. A significant number of these donation blankets were made possible by blankets being sold in the University of Georgia Bookstore.

Members of the coalition receiving blankets included the Homeless Day Service Center, the Salvation Army, Athens Area Homeless Shelter, and Interfaith Hospitality Network.

We extend our special thanks to Jenna Bagby-Moon who runs the Homeless Day Service Center as she received all of the blankets for distribution in her office and hosted our visit. We also are very grateful to Shea Post, Executive Director of Athens Area Homeless Shelter who, at a very busy time of year for her organization, orchestrated making sure nonprofit partners in the area were allocated the amount of blankets that they needed. 

PICTURES FROM ATHENS

Here's a picture of the 750 blankets right after they were received!

 

Wilder moves one of the boxes of blankets so that it can be distributed to a nonprofit partner. 

Jenna Bagby-Moon talks to University of Georgia Bookstore and Fermata Partners representatives about the services that the Homeless Day Service Center provides and about how the members of the Northeast Georgia Homeless and Poverty Coalition work together to provide services for people in need in the Athens area.

We all stop to take a picture with some of the donation blankets and one of the Georgia Bulldogs Blanket for a Blankets being sold at the University of Georgia Bookstore. Matt Hanson (left of the Georgia blanket) generously and spontaneously gave the Georgia blanket to one of the shelter's clients who was obviously a huge Georgia fan! 

Here, Matt and others from our group carry boxes of blankets to the Athens Area Homeless Shelter.

Our group was full of grateful smiles at the Athens Area Homeless Shelter where we learned about how the shelter is making a very, very tangible impact for women in need and their children by providing shelter and helping their ladies find employment and regain self-sustenance.

On our way out of town, Wilder wanted to pretend that he was throwing a football outside of Sanford stadium :). 

With a little time to spare before we fly out of ATL, Wilder and I visited the Atlanta Zoo where we saw some amazing animals, including our keen eyed national bird! 

 At the nearby Georgia Aquarium, Wilder spotted a cadre of incredible creatures as well.

 But hands down for both of us was the College Football Hall of Fame where...

...Wilder was able to practice is passing!

 


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