As winter settles in, one resident is on a mission to make sure no one in Tullahoma goes cold this winter.
Kathey Allen, whose husband is partner at the Allen, McGee and Associates accounting firm in downtown Tullahoma, has been hosting her very own coat drive for the past few weeks.
Allen said she had seen similar drives posted all over Facebook and thought she should try one of her own.
“I had seen this on Facebook a couple months ago and I thought, ‘Oh, when it gets chilly outside I’m going to do this,’” she said.
Over the last few weeks, the employees at her husband’s business have set out a coat rack filled with gently used coats on the sidewalk by the North Jackson Street business.
“That strip down there is the perfect place to put something like this, because you can see it as you drive by — it’s not off the beaten path or anything,” she said.
The rack is set up daily just off the corner of the building, Allen said, in order to allow people who need a coat to take one without feeling scrutinized by the large window on the side of the building.
“We put it on the corner of his office building so people wouldn’t feel weird or embarrassed or awkward about walking up in front of that big huge window he has to get a coat,” she said.
“You can pull up, hop out (of your car), see if there’s a coat that will fit you or a child, and leave,” she said. “No one knows, and it’s very discreet.”
It’s important to Allen, however, to note that she isn’t doing this just for the holidays. Instead, she said, it has more to do with the changing seasons and the drop in the temperature.
“It has nothing to do with the holidays. It’s just that now it’s gotten chilly outside, and I just happened to have a whole bunch of coats,” she said.
“People need things throughout the year. It’s not just because it’s the holidays; it’s just that when the holidays fall it just happens to be cold outside,” she said.
Though the drive is only made up of Allen’s old coats for now, she said she would be glad to take others’ coats to add them to the drive.
“We live in a small community, (and) no one around here should be cold or hungry, or doing without the basic necessities. I just feel like it’s a very tiny community and we need to take care of everybody if you have the means and opportunity to do so.”
Those wishing to donate their coats to Allen’s drive may drop them off at Allen, McGee and Associates, located at 110 N. Jackson St.
In addition to coats, Allen said, if anyone wants to donate any scarves, gloves or hats to the drive as well, those items would also be accepted.
For more information on the drive, contact Allen at 931-409-1296.
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